Meerkats can be found across several countries in southern Africa. They are diurnal, being most active during the day.
Meerkats are omnivores, therefore have a very varied diet and devote a lot of time to finding food. Being a social species, they live in groups of up to 30 individuals, known as mobs.
Their population numbers are stable, and they are classed as a least concern species according to the IUCN.