They live in families, they stand guard, they babysit... and they can even kill scorpions. Here's our celebration of the popular creatures from the sands of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert.
Meerkats in the news
Meerkats might be wild, but here's one that's safe for you to take home. Snuggle up with your very own cuddly meerkat
Keeper's diary - how to weigh a meerkat
Most of the animals kept in Animal Adventure, including the meerkats, are trained to some extent so that we can look after them easily and without causing them any stress.
Compare our meerkats
Pipsqueak - ZSL London Zoo’s bold and cheeky meerkat
Ringo - the coolest ‘kat’ at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo who is also a massive fan of the Beatles (he finds them very tasty)!
Meerkat mug shots
Still can't get enough of these cute critters?
Here's some special photo galleries dedicated to these cool 'kats!