IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Meerkats are small carnivores that are active during the day (they are diurnal). They spend mornings and evenings foraging together as a group called a mob. Often, during the hottest part of the day, some or all members of the mob will seek shade under bushes or underground.They live in social groups of 3–50 individuals (Young et al, 2006) with a clearly dominant pair of breeding individuals. The subordinate animals do not have a clear dominance hierarchy.Dominant individuals in the wild have been observed to live up to 11 years, whilst subordinates generally have a shorter life expectancy and live for 4–5 years. They are not currently endangered, and are classified as of least concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.


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