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Mob of meerkats in Oudtshoorn

Monday Morning With a Mob of Meerkats

Early Monday morning I sat on a camping chair in the desert outside a town called Oudtshoorn, watching a family of meerkats emerge from their burrow as the sun came up. The meerkats hung out for a while — stretching, sunning their little bellies, scanning the horizon as they balanced on their hind legs and tails — paying us no attention as we snapped pictures of them in front of an impossibly beautiful mountain backdrop. Eventually the meerkats melted away into the bush to collect bugs for breakfast. It was a pretty good way to start the week. I could really end this post right now. If you have any sense at all you’ve already stopped reading and are booking your trip to De Zeekoe in Oudtshoorn, where you can go for the weekend and meet the meerkats yourself. But I’ve got a few more meerkat pictures I want to share so I’ll just continue for those of you who are still with me. Let me back up a bit. What’s a Meerkat? Meerkats are not cats and they are not rodents — they are part of the mongoose family. Their scientific name is Suricata suricatta. Meerkats are bigger than […]

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