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The Suricatas are social mongooses that live in family groups. Several family groups may join together and form a group. They are very territorial, defending their territory from other groups of meerkats. They are made by breeding pairs (one per family) and their offspring.
Males mark territory with their anal scent glands. With the help of non-retractable claws, they dig the ground in search of food. While the group looks for food, many meerkats, called guards, are alert for a predator is approaching. Predators are detected by their smell, and at that time the guards emit a notice to the other meerkats to hide in their burrows. After a while after the announcement, the guards will come in first to see if the predator is gone, in this case to warn others to keep looking for food.

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