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The Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) is a mongoose who lives in portions of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Meerkats exhibit a sentinel behavior, where one member of the group poses as a look out, watching for predators and other danger. Scientific classification:
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Herpestidae
  • Subfamily: Herpestinae
  • Genus: Suricata
  • Species: Suricata suricatta