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Meerkat Conservation in South Africa

By Kellie Schmitt


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Just south of the Botswana border, in the Kuruman River Reserve, you’ll find meerkats so friendly they occasionally jump on volunteers’ heads. Visitors study the effects of the mammals’ cooperative breeding, in which adults help raise each other’s pups. You’ll learn how to weigh a meerkat and observe the intriguing interactions between the meerkat and the fork-tailed drongo, a bird that steals the meerkat’s food. At night, stargaze in the vast Kalahari skies before retreating to a thatched-roof hut.

Meerkats of the Kalahari: $3,895 for a two-week trip, including meals and lodging. (800) 776-0188, earthwatch.org.

Other Trips to Help Animals
Whales in Costa Rica
Snow leopards in Central Asia 
Orangutans in Indonesia
Elephants in Thailand 
Horses in California

Photo by thebuffafamily. This story appeared in the November/December 2011 issue. 

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