Meerkats are omnivores that primarily eat fruit, insects, birds and lizards Meerkats are skilled hunters and often work together when foraging for foods that fit into their omnivorous diet. When working together in numbers, a few meerkats stand watch and sound an alert if any predatory birds are nearby, while the others focus on finding food.

Meerkats live on Africa's southern plains and can live in large communities that consist of several families. Groups of meerkats use a number of burrows at the same time so that they can move from one to another if needed. The burrows constructed by meerkats are made up of a complex system of rooms and tunnels that remain cool despite the extremely hot climate of the African continent.