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The Melbourne Zoo meerkats is a member of the mongoose family.
The mob, gang or clan live as a group in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and in South Africa.
Each clan can consist of up to 50 or more cute animals, highly social and extremely territorial.
The sight of this cute animal sitting in an upright and alert position is a popular pose that makes for great meerkat pictures.
They are are burrowing animals, digging a network of tunnels throughout a typical sandy meerkat habitat.
The Melbourne Zoo Meerkat Manor is a great place for an encounter with these fascinating creatures. You can observe their habitat, take some great photos and pick up some excellent information.
The Melbourne Zoo is open between the hours of 9:00am through to 5:00pm every day of the year. Allow a good 3 hours to visit the exhibits and really experience what the zoo has to offer.
When baby meerkats are born, they are only the size of an adult hand. But even though they are small, they quickly take on big responsibilities within the complex meerkat community.
From keeping a lookout for predators and prey, to foraging for food, these baby meerkats spend a lot of time fighting to be in charge!
Paperback, 48 pages
The series follows a group involved in life-or-death struggles, just like a soap opera.
To tie in with the success of the television series and the publicity which will accrue from worldwide release of the film the originator of the Meerkat research project, Tim Clutton-Brock, has written an engaging and informative book about these animals and what his research tells us about their world, a world which appears to mirror our own but is in fact driven by the sometimes savage instincts of self-interest and survival.
If you would like to see more of the Melbourne, Australia Meerkat you can do so at the Werribee Zoo just outside of Melbourne.