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Meerkats are highly social animals, native to southern Africa. They live in groups of about 10-20 meerkats and they take turns to baby-sit for the young, hunt and sentry duty, for the benefit of the group as a whole.
Ivy receives five feeds a day; three meals consist of crickets and locusts, and the other two meals consist of pellets and vegetables. She's a very curious member of the meerkat mob!
Slender-tailed meerkats are not currently endangered in the wild. They play an important role in maintaining ecological harmony in the desert; they aid pest control by eating insects and they also provide food for predators such as jackals and eagles.
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