Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)

Pair of elevation illustrations of the Meerkat seen from the side and front

The Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) is a small mongoose that lives in the arid, open habitats in southern Africa. There is a social hierarchy with packs of two to 30 animals that occupy large burrow systems in plains. The burrows provide a comfortable microclimate with a large underground network that protects the Meerkat from harsh weather and extreme temperatures. As insectivores the Meerkat feeds heavily on beetles and lepidopterans, and it sometimes eats amphibians, arthopods, small birds, and reptiles. Physically, the coat is light gray to yellow-brown with light and dark bands on the back, and the foreclaws aid in digging. It also has large eyes, a pointed snout, and long legs.

Group of drawings of the Meerkat in assorted standing upright poses

The Meerkat has a body length in the range of 9.8”-13.8” (25-35 cm) and total weight of 1.3-2.2 lb (.6-1 kg). Meerkats have a shoulder height between 5.7”-7.9” (14.5-20 cm), body width of 2.75”-3.5” (7-9 cm), and tail length of 6.7”-9.8” (17-25 cm). The typical lifespan of the Meerkat is between 8-20 years.

Details

*Under Development*

Height:
5.7”-7.9” | 14.5-20 cm (Shoulder)
Width:
2.75”-3.5” | 7-9 cm
Depth:
Length:
9.8”-13.8” | 25-35 cm
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Weight:
1.3-2.2 lb | .6-1 kg
Area:
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Tail Length: 6.7”-9.8” | 17-25 cm

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Scientific Name:
Suricata suricatta
Lifespan:
8-20 years

Properties

Drawings include:

Meerkat side elevation, front, upright (assorted)

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Herpestoidea is a superfamily of carnivorous mammals that live in various climates throughout Eurasia, Africa, and Madagascar. It includes mongooses, Malagasy carnivorians, and hyenas. With the exception of hyenas, Herpestids have a cylindrical and elongated body; this allows them to burrow.

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5.7”-7.9” | 14.5-20 cm (Shoulder)
2.75”-3.5” | 7-9 cm
9.8”-13.8” | 25-35 cm
1.3-2.2 lb | .6-1 kg
8-20 years
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Meerkat
11.8”-13.8” | 30-35 cm (Shoulder)
5.5”-6.3” | 14-16 cm
27”-31” | 69-79 cm
12-19 lb | 5.5-8.6 kg
15-23 years
Fossa
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16.000
79.000
8.600
23.00
44000
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3D
Fossa
16”-20” | 41-51 cm (Shoulder)
5.9”-7.9” | 15-20 cm
21.6”-31.5” | 55-80 cm
18-26.5 lb | 8-12 kg
8-14 years
Aardwolf
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20.000
80.000
12.000
14.00
37000
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3D
Aardwolf
27.6”-36.2” | 70-92 cm (Shoulder)
9.8”-13.8” | 25-35 cm
37.4”-55.1” | 95-140 cm
99-165 lb | 45-75 kg
12-25 years
Spotted Hyena
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35.000
140.000
75.000
25.00
15000
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3D
Spotted Hyena
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11.8”-13.8” | 30-35 cm
35.4”-45.3” | 90-115 cm
44-99 lb | 20-45 kg
10-25 years
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35.000
115.000
45.000
25.00
15000
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3D
Striped Hyena
28”-31” | 71-79 cm (Shoulder)
11.8”-13.8” | 30-35 cm
39.4”-49.2” | 100-125 cm
84-104 lb | 38-47 kg
12-20 years
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35.000
125.000
47.000
20.00
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3D
Brown Hyena
5.9”-9.1” | 15-23 cm (Shoulder)
2.75”-4.3” | 7-11 cm
12”-18” | 30.5-46 cm
3.3-5.5 lb | 1.5-2.5 kg
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Banded Mongoose
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11.000
46.000
2.500
17.00
2300
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3D
Banded Mongoose
4.3”-5.9” | 11-15 cm (Shoulder)
2”-3” | 5-7.5 cm
9”-13” | 23-33 cm
1-1.3 lb | .45-.6 kg
10-15 years
Yellow Mongoose
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0.600
15.00
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GUIDE
3D
Yellow Mongoose
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2.4”-3.9” | 6-10 cm
7”-11” | 18-28 cm
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8-18 years
Dwarf Mongoose
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250
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Dwarf Mongoose
5.5”-5.9” | 14-15 cm (Shoulder)
2.75”-3.3” | 7-8.5 cm
12”-13” | 30.5-33 cm
1.3-1.5 lb | .6-.675 kg
10-13 years
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8.500
33.000
0.675
13.00
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GUIDE
3D
Durrell’s Vontsira
6.3”-9.1” | 16-23 cm (Shoulder)
4.9”-7.5” | 12.5-19 cm
12”-18” | 30.5-46 cm
1-3.1 lb | .45-1.4 kg
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Kusimanse
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19.000
46.000
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13.00
30
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3D
Kusimanse
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3.9”-5.1” | 10-13 cm
17.7”-25.6” | 45-65 cm
3.3-10 lb | 1.5-4.5 kg
7-9 years
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