The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the only member of the genus Suricata. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild. This one was bred in South Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster UK.
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miumiu (6113) 2014-08-18 3:27
The sharpness and composition are perfect on your photo!
tyro (25338) 2014-08-18 5:13
You have written a very interesting and informative note and given us a superb photograph by way of illustration.
Of course, we all love meerkats and are all familiar with them (or, at least, their stylised puppet versions in television advertisements) and you have captured this one beautifully.
All right, this is a creature in captivity and not in the wild but that does not at all mean that such creatures are easy to photograph. You have managed to capture the moment while this meerkat is clearly "keeping lookout" as he/she sits bolt upright surveying the surroundings. And, by using a relatively wide aperture on a long focal length, you have managed to secure stunning sharpness and detail in the animal against a beautifully out of focus background.
Beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (31464) 2014-08-18 12:36
A John says above, I cannot see a meerkat now without thinking of insurance, but I guess that says more about my easy influenced brain than these fine fuzzy creatures. This is a great portrait, and I really like how he is looking skyward, like he is deep in thought.
If we find another post similar, we could compare the meerkat! (sorry!)
- Copyright: Andrew Beatson (andycam) (249)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D800, Tamron 150-600mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-18 3:08