Slender-tailed meerkat

Slender-tailed meerkat

Latin name: Suricata suricatta

All for One! 

  • Being a gregarious animal, a clan includes on average a dozen members, but can reach 30 individuals. The sentry is the one tasked with keeping watch on their surroundings while the others are feeding. 
  • The meerkat has a strong resistance to the scorpion's venom and to venomous snakes like the cobra. When facing such an attacker, the clan forms a common front to confuse it and attempt to bite its neck. 
  • Communication is very important among meerkats. When an individual sees danger, it whistles and barks to sound the alert. The cries are different for land and aerial predators. 
  • A group's territory covers about 15 square kilometers and may contain up to five underground tunnels. 
  • It is one of the rare species whose habitat is not threatened; some populations are however dealing with tuberculosis. It would seem that individuals have contracted the disease by eating contaminated domestic garbage.
  • Distribution Southern Africa
  • Habitat Desert regions
  • Diet Insectivore
  • Status Least concern
  • Zoo Zone Africa

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Testimonials

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

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