Meet Our Mob

Wander down the path in the Calgary Zoo’s African Savannah and you might be surprised at just how much time you spend watching our mob of meerkats. These tiny, social animals put on quite a show – and they’re big on teamwork. When the group heads off in search of food, at least one meerkat gets as high up as it can, stands on its back legs and keeps an eye out for danger. 

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Breeding Species on the Brink

The Calgary Zoo cooperates with other accredited zoos across North America in managed breeding programs, called Species Survival Plans, for many species.

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Meerkats plan their day depending on the weather – when the sun warms the surface of their burrows they emerge, but if it’s overcast or raining they stay inside.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Suricata suricatta

Weight

720 - 776 g (1.6 - 1.7 lb.)

Height

Length of 25 - 30 cm (9.8 - 11.8 in.)

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Habitat

Dry, open country with short grass and sparse woody scrub

Diet

Insects make up 82 per cent of their diet, but they also eat small reptiles, birds and sometimes plants


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