Its mighty fine to be a meerkat with pals close by and the Kalahari sun on your fur. Sure, youre snack size to a lot of predators. And drought can make it tough to find enough beetles, grubs, and reptiles to fill your stomach. But despite the long survival odds faced by individual meerkatsadult mortality rates in one study area exceeded 50 percent annuallythe species as a whole is doing well. Widely distributed across southern Africa, Suricata suricatta isnt considered endangered anywhere in its range.
Theyre certainly flourishing in our pages. When Editor in Chief Bill Allen chose this shot for Final Edit, one of the senior staff in the crowded layout room mumbled something about this issue "already showing a lot of meerkats." Bill looked around and replied: "You can never have too many meerkats."