Meerkats are small, active members of the mongoose family. They can be found throughout the dry, open environments with short grasses and shrubs in the southwest African countries of Angola, Namibia, South Africa and southern Botswana. They dig the burrows in hard and stony soil that can go down as far as two metres below the surface. Meerkats live in an extended family group of up to 30 that communicate using a wide range of calls. Sentries will stand guard on their hind legs, watching for predators such as eagles, cobras or jackals and can warn the rest of the group about any approaching danger.

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