Strength in numbers
When animals are driven to work together, the close relationships which evolve can open up a whole new way of life. Meerkats are high on the menu for many predators so they need to work together to protect themselves. They are one of the few mammals that take turns at different jobs. While the rest of the family starts digging for breakfast, one member stands guard, looking out for predators. The others can carry on feeding safe in the knowledge that someone is watching their backs. But it is not just lookout duty that meerkats share. When a monitor lizard appears they all gang up to drive it away. En masse, these little creatures make a formidable force. Being such good team players is the meerkats’ winning formula.