Part of the meerkat social structure requires group members to fulfill important jobs each day. One job is called the sentry. This individual stands at the highest possible "lookout" while the rest of the group searches for food. The sentry sends out a soft, high-pitched call every few seconds to let the busy hunters know they are safe from danger.
- Meerkats make a specific noise when a land predator is coming near. They make a different call when a predator, like a hawk, is coming from the air.
- Meerkats dig mini-burrows called boltholes throughout their feeding grounds. They can hide in the boltholes when the sentry warns of danger.
- Meerkats have at least 30 different calls for different purposes.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry burrow Noun
small hole or tunnel used for shelter.
material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.
Encyclopedic Entry: food sentry Noun
soldier who stands guard to protect something valuable.