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Suricate

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The suricate (Suricata suricatta) is sometimes referred to by its Afrikaans name of meerkat, or ant cat, referring to it's ant-eating diet and associated foraging by sifting sand and 'probing crevices'. They have long front claws, a rounded, broad head tapering to a short, sharp-pointed muzzle accentuated by dark circles around the eyes. Suricate generally avoid desert and dense bush but it's presence in the Namib Desert can be accounted for by a tendency to burrow in dry river beds. Much is made of their social habits which include a babysitting and feeding service; helpers remaining with the kittens whilst others forage for food or keep sentry duty.

Distribution: Common through Namibia and does occur in the Namib Desert, but absent from the entire north-eastern region of the country.

Diet: Insects such as beetles, small Namibian reptiles (geckos). Tubers and bulbs of plants.

Colouring: Body fur is brown-grey with some dark fringes on the back, with a slightly darker tail.

Breeding: Between 1 and 3 litters are produced annually depending on rainfall, peaking in January to March.

Size: Total length of 450-550mm. Tail: 200-240mm. Weight: 620-960g.

Show-biz news: The Lion King, released in 1994 by Disney, featured a meerkat called Timon. The Clan of the Meerkats, a television series was created in 2005 and aired on Animal Planet. Other documentaries, adult novels and TV adverts followed.

Wildlife Namibia

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Dusternbrook Guest Farm

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Elisenheim Guest Farm

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Etango Ranch Guest Farm

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Gocheganas Nature Reserve

One of Namibia's most popular spas with the added bonus of top game viewing.

Hohewarte Guest Farm

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Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

family friendly, mid range lodge in rural location

Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary

a wildlife sanctuary offering quality accommodation in a tranquil environment

Okapuka Lodge

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Ondekaremba

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Onjala Lodge

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Out of Nature Country Lodge

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River Crossing Lodge

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Windhoek Game Camp

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