Meerkats face more real threats from wild adversaries like birds of prey ©Homo Ambiens Photography
Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) are still highly populous in the arid regions of Africa. However, water shortages and rife drought across the continent in recent times is proving to be a major challenge, even for these animals which are highly adapted to dry and arid conditions.
While they currently face no immediate threats to their survival from humans, they still have highly threatening adversaries in the wild: birds of prey. Hawks and eagles, always on the lookout for easy prey, are by far their biggest threat.
And if you've ever wondered why meerkats are so famously good at standing at attention, it's to guard themselves against the ever impending threat of snakes!