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The Meerkats' World

How do meerkats survive the harsh Kalahari Desert?


Photograph courtesy National Geographic Entertainment

Meerkats 3D takes audiences into the world of a family of meerkats as they cope with challenges of life in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Activities, video clips, and other resources on these pages are designed to immerse us in the lives of these amazing creatures and their natural environment. 

The strength of the tiny meerkat lies in the unique solidarity of the clan, which comes in handy for both hunting and protection. There are actually 30 distinct calls in meerkat “vocabulary,” and their survival hinges on a single rule: Stick together, and keep calling. 

Cute, cuddly, and full of mischief, meerkats are also tough, tenacious, and not to be messed with if their pups are threatened. Their adorable looks belie a strength of purpose and innate intelligence that will amaze audiences of all ages.

Map it Out!

Where Meerkats Live

Where Meerkats Live

Explore the Kalahari Desert with the MapMaker Interactive.

Hands-On Activities

Build a Meerkat

Build a Meerkat

Students make a meerkat model while identifying unique body characteristics. Students learn how adaptations are crucial to a meerkat's survival.

Meerkat Survival Game

Meerkat Survival Game

How do the desert's predators and prey affect meerkat survival?

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Get Up-Close!

Revenge of the Meerkat

Revenge of the Meerkat

Find out about a photographer's experience with meerkats.


All About Meerkats!

Mob Mentality

Mob Mentality

Meerkats use cooperative behavior in breeding, building, and even defense.

Animal Behavior Scientist: Christine Drea

Animal Behavior Scientist: Christine Drea

Christine Drea is an animal behavior scientist and a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University.


Meerkat Homes

burrow

burrow

Why do meerkats dig their shelters underground? What other animals live in burrows?


Photo Gallery

Meerkats 3D

Meerkats 3D

Love meerkats? Us too! Check out these photos from the movie, complete with informative facts.