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Speke's gazelles
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer


Meerkats live in groups of two or three families, with as many as 30 individuals. The groups are called mobs. Throughout the day, adults take turns serving as sentries, looking out for predators. When a potential threat is seen, the sentinel will make an alarm bark, and the meerkats will flee to their underground burrows.

See meerkats at the Small Mammal House.

Meerkat Facts

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