After watching some four-striped field mice eats rusk crumbs we picked up our chairs and ambled down the short slope to the warren of the day. This is the warren that our field guides believed the meerkats to be from observing them the day before. Meerkats move around quite a bit and may sleep in a different warren each night- as they will have excavated quite a few within their normal range. The same family – have a number of burrows in this area. Tricky little blighters! Meerkats spend from 10 to 60 minutes on sentry duty as the sun comes up. Generally males commit to this duty more frequently than females but all group members will do lookout at some point. One of the smaller males came out to see who we were and what we wanted. As the meerkat squizzed at us he warmed his tummy in the sun and yawned a lot. could quickly see why meerkats are loved so much by people. Their little faces are so alert and endearing. Devey Glinister who runs the tours is supremely knowledgeable about the little guys- and all this just through hours and hours of dedicated observation. Everything he knows, Devey has learned through patiently watching the sun angels as they go about their daily chores Oh… how I wish all animal interactions were run like this. Humans come into the wild- and into the animals territory- for just an hour- and off the animals go- wild and free to continue their daily lives as we do ours. A highly recommended trip.
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