Meerkats are small - the length of their body is 25-35 cm, they attain a weight of 730 g. Interestingly, the tail grows to 17-25 cm.
They give birth to young at any time of the year, even up to three times a year. Pregnancy lasts 11 weeks, with a litter of usually 2 to 4 young.
They have a highly developed social behaviour and have many anti-predator defensive behaviours - from alarms to active group defense against attacking predators. Also, the older meerkats teach the young how to handle the prey, organising for them a “school of hunting”.
This is one of the favourite species from the visitors - everyone probably remembers Timon, who was a meerkat, from the Lion King film!