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.
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
720 - 776 g (1.6 - 1.7 lb.)
Length of 25 - 30 cm (9.8 - 11.8 in.)
Dry, open country with short grass and sparse woody scrub
Insects make up 82 per cent of their diet, but they also eat small reptiles, birds and sometimes plants