Meerkats
Meerkats
Deserts
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MEERKATS WORK TOGETHER FOR PROTECTION AND HUNTING.

They communicate with purring sounds. Females give birth to two to four young each year. They are small with short, light brown fur and pointy noses. They typically stand in an upright posture.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
10 to 12 inches long, weigh up to 2 pounds
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Native Region
African plains
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Eating Habits
Insects, lizards, birds and fruit
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Conservation Status?
Least concern
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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Meerkats are located in the Deserts Dome.
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Additional Experiences
Meerkat Chat
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The very social, very active and sometimes very argumentative meerkats are the stars of the Deserts Dome.

They may be small, but they are absolutely fascinating to watch as they dig, dig, dig with their agile, clawed hands and interact among themselves. With the lowered glass window into the front of the exhibit, this is a perfect stop for little ones, who can peer into the meerkats’ underground tunnels. Join the Deserts keepers for a chat about the meerkats — complete charmers in the animal kingdom — and about animal conservation.

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Animal Amigo
Sponsor a Meerkat

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a meerkat at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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