Scientific name: suricata suricatta
Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that is native to parts of Africa. They live in large groups, with 20 to 30 members in a group. They live in burrows underground. Meerkats eat mostly insects but will also eat anything else small they can catch. They are immune to scorpion venom. When meerkats are out looking for food during the day, some members of their group will stand guard and tell the group of they see any predators coming.