Location: At the zoo in the Kinsman Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/2.8 Exposure: 1/30 sec. Focal length: 150.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Shutter speed (Tv): 4.9
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The Meerkat….Suricata suricata Family – Mongooses (Viverridae) Range – Dry grassland (often hard or stony ground) in southern Africa. Diet – Insects, spiders and other small animals, eggs and bulbs.
Status – Secure. Notes – The meerkat is a favorite display animal because it demonstrates a high level of social and other interesting behaviors. Members of a group take turns standing guard in a characteristic standing pose on high ground, such as a termite nest or rock. Active during the day, the animal enjoys stretching out and basking in the sun near its burrow,
ever ready to dash below ground on the discovery of a predator approaching on the ground or in the air. A colony averages 15 individuals, which represents several families, and larger females dominate the males.
Offspring number 2 to 5 and are born in December after a 77-day gestation.
Members communicate with over a dozen kinds of calls, and with scent from anal glands. Meerkats so closely resemble ancestral carnivores that their teeth and bones are scarcely distinguishable from fossils 50 million
years old. The family is placed between the cats and weasels.