Meerkats of the Kalahari

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` 019In 2011 I was fortunate to be able to spend two weeks in the South African section of the Kalahari transformational park between Namibia and Botswana. One of the most fascinating animals found in that desert region is the Meerkat or Suricate. This small member of the mongoose family can only be found in South-Western Africa’s semi-desert scrub areas where they build burrows and forage for insects, small animals, snakes and scorpions. Meerkats are immune to the venom of the scorpions and can tolerate six times the venom from a snake bite compared to an animal of similar size like a rabbit. In addition to the above Meerkats will eat tubers and roots to gain the moisture they need to live in this arid environment. The dark patches around their eyes help protect their eyes from the harsh glare and an extra eye lid protects the eyes from sand. Meerkats…

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