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Meerkat

Meerkats belong to the mongoose family and are also known as slender-tailed mongooses. These animals have a tolerance for venom, which is why they can eat scorpions and venomous snakes.

Stable
Threatened
Endangered

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Suricata suricatta

Range

Angola, Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia

Location in the Zoo

Just outside of Natural Encounters

Cool Animal Fact

Meerkat families are one of the most advanced societies in nature. Members take turns babysitting, foraging for food, mentoring youngsters and sentry duty.