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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meerkat



Beauty Of Animal | Meerkat | The Meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belongs to the family of mongoose. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in many of the Namib Desert in south-western Namibia and Angola, and South Africa. A group of meerkats on the "mob", "gang" or "clan." And often contains Meerkat clan around 20 meerkats, but some families are high and more than 50 members.

Meerkats have an average age of 12-14 years. "Meerkat" is a loanword from Afrikaans. A name of Dutch origin but by the lack of recognition. Meerkat Dutch refers to the "Gino," a genus of monkeys Cercopithecus. The word "Meerkat" is Dutch for "cat lake", but not in suricata cat family, and attracted not suricatas not guenons to the lakes, and the word that is likely to be adaptation Dutch is derived from the Sanskrit markaĊ£a "monkey", perhaps in Africa via Indian seas on board a Dutch East India Company ship.

The merchants of the Dutch East India Company probably familiar with the monkeys, but the Dutch settlers attached the name of the animal, the error in Cape Town. Called suricata stokstaartje = "little stick tail" in Dutch.According to African popular belief (especially in the region, Zambia / Zimbabwe), is also known as Meerkat angel of the sun, as it protects villages from the moon devil or the werewolf which is believed to attack stray cattle or a single tribe.

 
 
 Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Mammalia
Order:     Carnivora
Family:     Herpestidae
Genus:     Suricata
Desmarest, 1804
Species:     S. suricatta

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