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|Photo was taken in Safari, Ramat-Gan|
The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang".
Meerkat is an English loan word from Afrikaans. The name itself came from Dutch but by misidentification. In Dutch meerkat (as Meerkatze in German) means guenon, a monkey of the Cercopithecus genus which possibly derives from Sanskrit markata (monkey). The traders of the Dutch East India Company were likely familiar with such animals, but the Dutch settlers attached the name to the wrong animal at the Cape. In Dutch the name for the suricate is stokstaartje ("little stick-tail").
According to African popular belief (mainly in the Zambian/Zimbabwean region), the meerkat is also known as the sun angel, as it protects villages from the moon devil or the werewolf which is believed to attack stray cattle or lone tribesmen.
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They look like merkeets. So adorable in their own way. LOL. can i propose a workshop just to try to enhance the picture a little?
- [2006-10-20 1:42]
how cute, my favorite zoo-animals,alex! :-)
two playing meerkats, but what are they doing, looks like...nothing for
- [2006-10-25 4:23]
It's great to catch meerkets in their natural habitat.I liked POV,sharpness,details,lighting and composition a lot.
Very lovely animals. Greatly captured. Nice natural colors. Well composed. Nice shot.
- [2006-12-03 17:04]
А кто это? Я таких никогда не видела. Очень смешные, прикольная мордочка, глазки такие любопытные :)