Young YOU: Magnificent meerkat

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Meerkats, a type of mongoose, are recognised by their pointed snouts, black markings around their eyes, crescent-shaped black ears, and tails with a dark tip. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Meerkats, a type of mongoose, are recognised by their pointed snouts, black markings around their eyes, crescent-shaped black ears, and tails with a dark tip. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Though small and cute, this animal is tough and perfectly adapted to survive on the arid Southern African plains 

Chances are you’ve seen the animated movie The Lion King. Remember the character Timon? He’s the skinny insect eater who befriends the lead character, Simba. Timon is a meerkat. 

We can learn a lot from the meerkat, an agile animal that’s found in Southern Africa. Not only are they fascinating animals, but meerkat packs also have an interesting social system. Let’s take a closer look at these creatures, their behaviour and their habitat. 

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