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Scientific Name:

Suricata suricatta


Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa


Carnivorous. Insects, lizards, snakes, scorpions (they are immune to the strong venom of the Kalahari scorpion), spiders, small mammals, eggs and plants


Habitat:  Open arid areas with shrub and short grass

Gestation: 70 days, 2-5 cubs.

Social structure: groups of 3-50 members with one dominant pair and many helpers of both sexes.

Weight max: male 797g, female 969g

Dimensions: Length24-29cm

Estimated population in the wild: unknown / stable

Lifespan: 5-15 years in the wild

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern


Did you know that:

  1. They are immune to the venom of poisonous snakes and scorpions.
  2. Group members take turns guarding for predators, like eagles, hawks and jackals, by standing erect on an elevated point and producing alarm calls.

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