Q: What do meerkats eat?
BG: Meerkats are omnivores meaning they eat both meat and plants. They feed on worms, insects, small rodents, lizards, snakes, scorpions, bird eggs, fruit, leaves and roots.
Q: Where do meerkats get water from since water is not common in the desert dwellings where they live in the wild?
BG: Although meerkats can survive with less food and water due to their low metabolic rate, they do obtain all the water they need to survive from the moist vegetation consumed in their diet such as roots, tubers, and fruits.
Q: What body part does a meerkat use to balance itself?
BG: Meerkats use their tails to balance themselves while standing on their back legs. This allows them to see well across the desert.
Q: What is special about the markings on a meerkat’s back?
BG: The fur markings on their back are unique to each individual meerkat; no meerkats’ markings are alike.
Q: What do meerkats do in the event of a predator?
BG: Members of a meerkat community will team up and fight to protect each other in the event of a predator.