This small cousin of the mongoose lives in solely
in desert like regions. They are light brown in colour, with
patches of darker fur. The black spots around their eyes allow
them to see well on bright days, making it easier to see and
avoid predators. Meerkats live in burrows in
the ground. Their four clawed limbs make it easy to dig into
the sand. When they do so, their ears are able to close shut.
Insects are the main food source for Meerkats.
They also will eat small mammals, eggs, lizards and even scorpions.
The Meerkat name originates
from the Dutch. In Dutch, Meerkat means 'lake cat.'