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Suricata suricatta (Meerkat)

Wikipedia Abstract

The meerkat or suricate (Suricata suricatta) is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the only member of the genus Suricata. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 14.65
EDGE Score: 2.75


Adult Weight [1]  1.71 lbs (776 g)
Birth Weight [1]  29 grams
Female Maturity [1]  1 year
Male Maturity [1]  1 year
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  70 %
Diet - Plants [2]  10 %
Diet - Vertibrates [2]  20 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  77 days
Litter Size [1]  4
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  21 years
Weaning [1]  44 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Highveld grasslands South Africa Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea woodlands Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Kalahari xeric savanna Botswana, Namibia, South Africa Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Kaokoveld desert Namibia, Angola Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Nama Karoo Namibia, South Africa Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Namibian savanna woodlands Angola, Namibia Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Succulent Karoo Namibia, South Africa Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park II 2382284 Northern Cape, South Africa
Namib-Naukluft National Park II 12585619 Namibia  
Richtersveld National Park II 399195 Northern Cape, South Africa
Skeleton Coast Game Park II 4168395 Namibia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No
Succulent Karoo Namibia, South Africa No

Prey / Diet

Diospyros lycioides[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Atilax paludinosus (Marsh Mongoose)1
Cynictis penicillata (Yellow Mongoose)1
Galerella pulverulenta (Cape Gray Mongoose)1
Onychognathus nabouroup (Pale-winged Starling)1


Polemaetus bellicosus (Martial Eagle)[4]


Parasitized by 
Ctenocephalides canis (Dog flea)[5]
Ctenocephalides connatus[5]
Ctenocephalides felis felis[5]
Echidnophaga bradyta[5]
Echidnophaga gallinacea (sticktight flea)[5]
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Tuberculosis - MTB)[6]
Synosternus caffer[5]
Xenopsylla erilli[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aalborg Zoo
Abilene Zoological Gardens
Adelaide Zoo
Africa Alive!
Africam Safari (Africam, S. A.)
Al Ain Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park
Almaty State Zoo of Kazakhstan
Amazon World
Aqua Zoo Friesland
Ardastra Gardens & Conserv. Centre
Artis Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Attica Zoological Park S.A.
Auckland Zoological Park
Badoca Safari Park
Banham Zoo Ltd.
Barranquilla Zoo
Beale Park
Bellewaerde Park
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park
Birmingham Nature Centre
Birmingham Zoo
Bishop Burton College
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Blackpool Zoo
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Bosphorus Zoo (Bogaziçi Hayvanat
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Brooklands Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Buffalo Zoological Gardens
Burger's Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
Calgary Zoo, Garden & Prehistoric Park
Cameron Park Zoo
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Capron Park Zoo
Charles Paddock Zoo
Chehaw Wild Animal Park
Chessington World of Adventures, Ltd.
Cheyenne Mtn Zoological Park
Chiangmai Zoological Garden
Chicago Zoological Park
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
City of Belfast Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Colchester Zoo
Cologne Zoo
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Curraghs Wildlife Park
Dallas Zoosuricatta
Denver Zoological Gardens
Dept. of National Zoological Gardens
Detroit Zoological Society
Dickerson Park Zoohahni
Dierenpark Amersfoort
Dierenpark de Oliemeulen (Zoo Tilburg)
Dierenpark Emmen
Dierenpark Wissel
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Drayton Manor Park Zoo
Drusillas Zoo Park
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Dusit (Bangkok) Zoological Park
El Paso Zoo
Emerald Safari Resort
Erie Zoological Gardens
Espace Zoologique la Boissiere du Dore
Exmoor Zoological Park
Faunia (Parque Biologico De Madrid,SA)
Flamingo Land LTD
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter
Folly Farm Leisure Ltd
Fort Worth Zoological Parkhahni
Fota Wildlife Park
Fundacao Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo
Fundacion Zoologica de Cali
GaiaPark, Kerkrade Zoo
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park
Gladys Porter Zoo
Granby Zoo / Zoo de Granby
Great Plains Zoohahni
Guldborgsund Zoo & Botanical Garden
Hai Park Kiriat Motzkin
Haifa Zoo & Biological Institute
Hamilton Zoo
Hansenberg Organia
Happy Hollow Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo
Honolulu Zoo
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Indianapolis Zoo
Jardim Zoologico / Lisbon Zoo
Jardin Zoologico de Cdad.Buenos Aires
Jászberény Zool.& Botanical Garden
Jesperhus Blomsterpark
Johannesburg Zoological Gardens
Jyllands Park Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Khao Kheow Open Zoo
Kittenberger Zoo
Knowsley Safari Park
Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Kolmardens Djurpark AB
Kristiansand Dyrepark ASA
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Le Pal, Parc Animalier
Leningrad Zoo - St. Petersburghahni
Lincoln Childrens Zoo (former Folsom)hahni
Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens
Longleat Safari Park
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Louisville Zoological Garden
Manor House Wildlife Park
Marwell Wildlife
Melbourne Zoo
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Wybrzeza
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny, Plock
Miller Park Zoo
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Miskolc Zoo/Állatkert és Kultúrpark
Mitchell Park Zoo
Mogo Zoo P/L
Monarto Zoological Park
Monde Sauvage Safari SPRL
Montecasino Bird Gardens
Moscow Zoological Park
Moulton College
Mulhouse Zoo
Municipal Independent Org. Roev Ruchei
Museum of Science - Live Animal Center
Naestved Zoo A/S
Nakhon Ratchasima Zool. Park
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Natureland Zoological Park
Neunkircher Zoologischer Garten GmbH
Newquay Zoo (Cornwall Animal World)
Nikolaev Zoo of Nikolaev-City Council
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
North Carolina Zoological Parksuricatta
North of England Zoological Society
Novosibirsk Zoological Park
Nyíregyházi Állatpark Nonprofit KFT
Oakland Zoo
Oasys Parque del Desierto de Tabernas
Odsherreds Zoo Dyrepark A/S
Oglebay's Good Children's Zoo
Ogrod Zoobotaniczny Torun
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Opolu, Opole
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Poznaniu
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Opel-Zoo von Opel HessischeZoostiftung
Orana Wildlife Park
Oregon Zoosuricatta
Ouwehand Zoo
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Paradise Wildlife Park
Parc de la Haute Touche (MNHN)
Parc Merveilleux
Parc Paradisio S.A.
Parc Paysager Et Animalier Du Reynou
Parc Zoologic de Barcelona
Parc Zoologique d'Amneville
Parc Zoologique de Champrépus
Parc Zoologique de la Barben
Parc Zoologique de La Palmyre
Parc Zoologique de Lille
Parc Zoologique de Paris (MNHN)
Parco Natura Viva
Parco Zoo di Falconara
Parco Zoo Punta Verde
Park i Ogrod Zoologiczny w Krakowie
Parken Zoo i Eskilstuna AB
Parque De Animales Silvestres Temaikèn
Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park
Perth Zoological Gardens
Phoenix Zoohahni
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Planete Sauvage
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Potter Park Zoological Gardens
Prospect Park Zoo
Pueblo Zoohahni
Racine Zoological Gardens
Reaseheath College Animal Centre
Red River Zoo
Riga Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Riverside Zoo
Rodbaston College
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
Rostock Zoologischer Garten
Rotterdam Zoo
Safari de Peaugres
Safaripark Beekse Bergen
Saint Louis Zoological Park
Saitama Children's Zoo
San Diego Wild Animal Parkhahni
San Diego Zoohahni
San Francisco Zoological Gardens
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardenshahni
Schoenbrunner Tiergarten GmbH
Scovill Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
Seneca Park Zoo
Shaldon Wildlife Trust
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Singapore Zoological Gardens
Skaerup Mini Zoo
Skansen Akvariet
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Sofia Zoological Gardens
Sri Chamarajendra Zoo (Mysore Zoo)
STB Kanta - Friguia Zoo
Stichting Landgoed Hoenderdaell
Symbio Wildlife Gardens
Szeged Zoo
Taipei Zoo
Tallinn Zoo
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Taronga Zoo
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Parrot Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens
Thoiry Zoological Park
Thuringer Zoopark Erfurt
Tiergarten Heidelberg
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Toronto Zoo
Tropical Butterfly House
Tropical World
Tropiquaria Wildlife Park
Trotter's World of Animals
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Twycross Zoo
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Usti nad Labem Zoo
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Valencia Bioparc, Rainforest S.A.
Valley Zoo & John Janzen Nature Center
Virginia Zoological Park
Walford & North Shropshire College
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park Ltd
Western Plains Zoo
Westfalischer Zoologischer Gtn Munster
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Wildlife World Zoo
Wilhelma Zoo
Wingham Wildlife Park
Woodland Park Zoological Gardens
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Zagreb Zoo / Zooloski vrt Zagreb
Zoo and Aqua-Terrarium Ltd. Pécs
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid (GRPR)
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Boise
Zoo de Fuengirola (Rain Forest SL)
Zoo de Jurques
Zoo de la Bourbansais
Zoo de La Fleche
Zoo des Sables d'Olonne
Zoo Dortmund
Zoo Duisburg AG
Zoo Dvur Kralove, a.s.
Zoo Hannover GmbH
Zoo Landau in der Pfalz
Zoo New England, Stone Zoo
Zoo of Antwerp
Zoo Osnabrück
Zoo Parc de Beauval
Zoo Parc Overloon
Zoo Safari Swierkocin
Zoo Santo Inácio Vila Nova de Gaia
Zoobotanico de Jerez
Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan
Zoological Garden of Polish Fauna
Zoological Garden Prague
Zoological Society of Ireland-Dublin
Zoological Society of London
Zoologicka Zahrada Bratislava
Zoologicka Zahrada Jihlava
Zoologicka Zahrada Kosice
Zoologicka zahrada Liberec
Zoologicka Zahrada Mesta Brna
Zoologicka zahrada Olomouc
Zoologico Nacional La Aurora
Zoologischer Garten Augsburg GmbH
Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt
Zoologischer Garten Halle GmbH
Zoologischer Garten Leipzig
Zoologischer Garten Magdeburg
Zoologischer Garten Schmiding
Zoologischer Garten Wuppertal

Range Map




Knowsley Safari Park Meerkats
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Attributes / relations provided by
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4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5International Flea Database
6Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
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