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Endangered Africa: Meerkat

Animal

Meerkats are also famous and popular species for pet animals. Mongoose that inhabits Angola, Southern Africa, Namibia, etc. and is classified in the genus Slikata of the family Mongoose of the order Carnivores. It is a social animal that prefers to live in semi-desert shrub forests and open land with many stones. Meerkats are not currently extinct animals, but they are classified as low-concern and their wildlife is declining.

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Habitat

Meerkats live in South Africa, Namibia, Angola and more.

Characteristic

Meerkats are 25-31 cm long and weigh 0.6-1 kg. They prefer to live in semi-desert shrub forests, forests and open rocky lands. Meerkats are social animals that form a herd of around 3-50 heads and are group-backed. The abdomen is sparsely covered with short hair, the area around the eyes and pinna is black, and the face and throat are grayish white. An animal that comes out of its burrow in the morning and sunbathe toward the sun. Although the name says “cat”, it is a member of the mongoose, not a cat. Meerkats are very alert and therefore aggressive in nature. It looks very cute, but it’s actually ferocious.

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Ecology

Meerkats are omnivorous and live on small animals such as insects, snakes and scorpions. The cultivated form is embryo. It breeds from October to April and can produce 2-5 cubs at a time. Children cannot open their eyes when they are born. However, you will be able to open your eyes about two weeks after birth. You will start eating solids within the first month of life and will be able to become independent in about two months. Sexual maturity is less than a year. Meerkats have a lifespan of about 10 years.

Endangered species

Many people keep meerkats as pets. In fact, the population is gradually decreasing in the wild. There is no danger of extinction right now. Meerkats are high-momentum animals, and because of their curiosity, they can invade human farmlands and damage them. As a result, it is also a vermin for farmers and is expelled. It may be extinct in the future. It is currently classified as low concern.

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Breeding

Many people keep meerkats as pets. However, it is difficult to obtain because it is also a rare animal. It seems that it costs 200,000-400,000 yen in Japanese yen at pet shops. Meerkats are animals that live in groups, so if you keep them, don’t leave them alone. Meerkats can also be worn for walks with harnesses and leads. However, please be careful as it may bite or scratch suddenly. If you want to see wild meerkats, go to the African continent.

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