Meerkats have dark brown or black bands around their eyes which allow them to avoid a glare from the sun.
In the wild, a meerkat's diet consists of worms, crickets, grasshoppers, small rodents, lizards, small snakes, birds, eggs, fruit and scorpions. In captivity, meerkats are fed mice, worms and other insects. A meerkat looses 5% of its body weight over night.
Mating usually takes place between the alpha male and alpha female. Meerkats can reproduce when they are 10 months or older. They are able to breed every two months, but breeding typically depends on food availability. Litter size is usually two to five pups after a gestation period of 77 days.