• The meerkat is a species of mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Its habitat is the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa. Meerkats function cooperatively in a group led by a female meerkat. The dominant female leader is called a matriarch.

    • All meerkats in a mob take care of the female leader's babies.
    • Meerkat babies are called pups.
    • Meerkats follow the lead of the matriarch when battling dangerous animals or other meerkat mobs.
    • When the matriarch dies, the oldest and biggest female becomes the new leader.
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  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    desert Noun

    area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.

    Encyclopedic Entry: desert
    habitat Noun

    environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

    Encyclopedic Entry: habitat
    mammal Noun

    animal with hair that gives birth to live offspring. Female mammals produce milk to feed their offspring.

    matriarch Noun

    female leader of a family.

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