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Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) is a species of mammal belonging to the family Herpestidae, native to southern Africa. These animals are known for their adorable appearance and social behavior. They are diurnal animals and live in groups of between 10 and 30 individuals, which are organized into clans and establish social hierarchies.

Regarding their morphology, meerkats have an elongated and slender body, with a small and rounded head and a long and furry tail. Its fur is short and greyish-brown in color, with dark spots on its legs and tail. Their eyes are large and dark, giving them a cute and curious appearance.

In terms of behavior, meerkats are known for their ability to work as a team and protect their clan from predators. They are experts in detecting dangers and have a highly developed vocal and gestural communication system, which allows them to keep in touch with the rest of the group and coordinate their actions. In addition, they are very curious animals and explorers, which leads them to dig in the ground in search of food and to investigate any strange object they find in their environment.

In the present day, meerkats have seen their population decline due to habitat loss and poaching. Human expansion has led to the fragmentation of their territory and the degradation of their natural habitats. In addition, meerkats are often victims of being run over on the roads and of persecution by humans, who consider them a pest in some agricultural areas.

Despite these challenges, meerkats remain an iconic species of African wildlife and an important symbol of biodiversity. Conservation efforts have been undertaken to protect their habitats and reduce their vulnerability to human threats. Education programs have also been established to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for these animals and their role in the ecosystem.

The Model Pose represents a family of meerkats vigilant of their environment in the African savannah.

Approximate measurements of the Meerkat:

  • Scale 1:9 - 47 mm H