Meerkats • Botswana
Meerkats - mammals from the mongoose family. Known for his ability to take the most bizarre postures and stand for long periods on its hind legs.
Wildlife photographer Burrard-Lucas spent six days in Botswana, to remove these funny animals.
Usually, meerkats extremely careful, but in these lands inhabited by 3 families, who are not afraid of people.
In Africa, there are a lot of predators, and meerkats have to be always on the alert.
"Kids just a few days, and I was lucky enough to see how they come out of their burrows for the first time."
"Meerkats - animals are small, high grass, they are always looking for the best places to view."
These are small animals - length of the body with the head of 25-35 cm.
All meerkats have a characteristic pattern of black stripes, which make up the individual hairs, the ends of which are colored black.
Meerkats live in the soil environment arid areas, almost devoid of trees.
They are active burrowing animals. Colonies surikatov burrows are abandoned or burrows African ground squirrel. Burrow deeper, typically between 1.5 meters and deeper.
Meerkats - higher animals, which are combined in the colony, including two or three family groups. Usually it is 20-30 individuals.
The animals are diurnal. The warm day like to bask in the sun, taking the most bizarre postures:
Meerkat day is usually the same pattern: in the early morning wake up, clear the entrance to the hole from the sand, come out in search of food, in the hottest time of rest in the shade, and then again go looking for food and returned to the hole about an hour before sunset.
Meerkats well tamed. They are very sensitive to cold.
In South Africa meerkats kept at home to catch rodents and snakes.