On guard!

Good day everyone! Not a lot of sightings this week, but at least its warming up! Today we have one of our favourite, and most entertaining animals in this park! Meerkats are small burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day. They are very social, living in colonies averaging 20–30 members. Meerkats forage in a group with one “sentry” on guard watching for predators while the others search for food. Sentry duty is usually approximately an hour long. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat performing as sentry gives a warning bark, and other members of the gang will run and hide in one of the many bolt holes they have spread across their territory. The sentry meerkat is the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, constantly barking to keep the others underground. If there is no threat, the sentry meerkat stops signaling and the others feel safe to emerge.

 

2 thoughts on “On guard!

  1. Hi Hannes, been off the air for a while. Hope you are well. That is just too cute, I want one!!

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