Saturday, November 28, 2009

Camera Critters

It's Saturday so it must be time for Camera Critters!

One of my favorite animals at the Houston Zoo
is the meerkat.

I could watch them all day long.



Meerkat


The meerkat or suricate Suricata suricatta is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats at a time, but some superfamilies have had 50 or more. Meerkats have an average life span of 12 to 14 years.



Meerkat


Here he is on sentry duty.


Meerkat


He caught me taking his portrait!
He turned his head as I snapped.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Be sure to visit Camera Critters to see other wonderful critters.


26 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love meerkats. We have a very good display of them here in Tulsa also. It has been years since I've been to the Houston Zoo.

Martha in PA said...

Meerkats are fun to watch! Great shots.

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Snap: Those little critters do put on a neat show.

Barb said...

I must check to see if there are Meerkats at the Denver zoo. I guess he thought you were an intruder, Snap - it was his job!

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

a mob of meerkats! :D
I have a fake one on my desk :)

Jedediah said...

Great pictures. Meerkats are so cute and I love watching them when I get the chance (the zoo here doesn't keep any)

storyteller said...

How FUN ;-)
I love watching Meerkat Manor on TV! You've captured these little critters marvelously.
Hugs and blessings,

My 'critters' are at Small Reflections

bookbabie said...

They are very sweet, aren't they? I haven't been to the zoo in years, a never ending supply of models for camera critter Saturday!

Ladynred said...

Funny I've never seen Meerkat before. looks entertaining
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sherry ♥ lee said...

I totally love how this one turned to look at you as you snapped...with an expression like, "if you really must have this photograph, then please, get me on my best side"!!! x0

Nikki-ann said...

Lovely shots! Meetkats are so funny! :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Fabulous post, he was posing for your camera!
Happy camera critters
purrs and love
Luna - We love Luna

Denise said...

Wonderful photos! Beautiful lighting! There used to be a meerkat show on Animal Planet I watched all the time. Fell in love with these little critters too. Have a great weekend.

Anya said...

Hihihihi......
Very silly critters today
they are always sooooooooooo FUNNY
:-)

My compliments for the beautiful shots !!

chubskulit said...

I've only seen them on TV. Great shots!

Magpie is my entry.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My darling little grandson introduced me to these hilarious little fellas. Aren't they just too much? He knows more about animals that most adults....it's been an interesting journey.

Thanks for sharing and I'll send these pix to my grandson too. He'll love 'em.


Warmly,
Spencer

Chie Wilks said...

oh it is so cute...it seems enjoying its job being a sentry


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Barbara said...

Oooh I love meerkats. I snapped one at the zoo the other day, too. So adorable. That's a great first picture. Love the color.

eileeninmd said...

I love the Meerkats too, reminds me of The Lion King. Great photos.

Janet said...

What a little cutie! I love the last shot where he turned his head.

Wren said...

They are fun to watch, particularly if the zoo has a large group of them. Their behavior reminds me a lot of prairie dogs.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Sweet! We watched some for a while last time we were in Florida - they made us laugh a lot. I had no idea they lived so long though. Thanks for sharing!

McGillicutty said...

Awesome, we love to watch Meercat Manor on Animal Planet.... too cute!!!

AudreyO said...

I have always loved apes and chimps. I really can and have watch them forever. They are so amusing. There are times I truly believe they see me and are performing for me.

koala said...

So nice of him to turn your way for the shot. They're such fascinating animals.