Wild Animals

Marvelous meerkat facts!

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Here are five marvelous reasons why meerkats are one of our water heroes.

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Meerkat drinking water

Desert dwellers

These cute critters live in open deserts and savannas, where water is often scarce. When they can find water, they’ll quench their thirst by drinking from rivers or springs.

Meerkat eating something

Snack time

Meerkats get most of the water they need from the juicy insects they eat. They use their keen sense of smell to sniff out beetles, caterpillars, spiders and scorpions—yum!

A cute meerkat peaking out of its habitat.

Brilliant burrows

Meerkats are clever builders. They build a network of underground burrows that provide shelter from the heat, protection from predators, and a safe place to raise their babies.&

A cute meerkat family after the desert rain.

Splish, splash!

Just like us, meerkats take cover when it rains. Once the downpour’s over, they’ll emerge from their dens to munch on insects that are out eating the just-watered plants.

A cute meerkat baby surrounded by its meerkat family.

Cute critters

Baby meerkats—called pups—will drink their mother’s milk when they’re first born and move on to water as they get older. Some adult meerkats hold jobs as babysitters, looking after the pups while others hunt.

 

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Time to drink up

Unlike meerkats, we can’t rely on juicy insects to stay hydrated. Quench your thirst by drinking water regularly throughout the day. Glug, glug, glug!

 

 

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