Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa
Meerkats eat a wide variety of invertebrates including crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, scorpions and millipedes similar to those found in El Paso's Chihuahuan Desert. They also eat larger animals like lizards and small rodents.
Meerkats are tan, brown and gray in color with a silver tint. Short stripes on the back are unique to each meerkat like a human finger print.
DID YOU KNOW?
Like people, meerkats are very social animals and live in groups called clans. Look for some of the following common behaviors: (a) a meerkat on guard duty watching out for the others, (b) a meerkat on guard duty making a peeping sound, (c) a meerkat making a growling sound while searching for food, (d) a meerkat marking its territory with scent using a gland near its rear with which it will rub on anything and everything, (e) meerkats rubbing against each other to help express affection and share scents.
MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS :
A family of six meerkats lives outside the El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS:
Read about meerkats online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.