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Famed for their endearingly upright stance and intensely suspicious nature, meerkats are catlike animals belonging to the mongoose family. And, Fred and Timon’s mischievous demeanor and happy go lucky attitude have charmed their way into kids hearts. Moreover, those ubiquitous television ads and wildlife documentaries on meerkats only heighten your little one’s interest.
But, behind this oh-so-adorable portrayal, lies an extremely secretive mammal. So, teach your little zoologist more about the habitat and behavior of his favorite animal with our ten meerkat coloring pages.
Beautiful Meerkat Coloring Pages
Here’s a coloring image of a meerkat resting on a slope. Meerkats have distinctly identifiable long bodies, short ears and the ability to stand on their hind legs. The coats can be silver, orange, brown, gold with dark patches of fur around the eyes. Meerkats are fairly small animals, being not more than 12 inches in length. The tail adds another 8 to 10 inches to their overall length.
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2. Cartoon Meerkat:
Here’s a black and white cartoon image of a meerkat. The meerkat here has a broad and blunt claws, but in reality, these animals have sharp, non-retractable claws that they use for digging insects. Meerkats also use their claws for building underground homes. They make fancy houses with several rooms and many exits.
3. A Meerkat Family:
Here’s a coloring page of a meerkat with his children. Meerkats are social animals. They prefer living in bustling social groups of 30 to 40 meerkats known as ‘gang’ or ‘mob’ Each mob maintains 6 to 12 dens throughout the territory. Meerkats cannot stay for long in a separate room, so they rotate the dens amongst them.
4. The Little Guards:
In addition to taking turns at staying in the dens, meerkats also share the duty of raising the pups. In meerkats, only the alpha male and female reproduce. The non-breeding members look after the babies. Usually, the most well-fed meerkats step forward to guard the children. The mob also shares the duty of teaching the pup to hunt, clean, hide and defend things that are theirs.
5. Fred And Timon:
Here’s a meerkat coloring page of Fred and Timon, meerkats from the series “Lion King’s Timon and Pumba”. This duo is accustomed to scurrying and digging, which transformed them into physically fit tunnelers. Both enjoy cracking practical jokes on each other. Both Fred and Timon have pale brown fur, cream patches on the chest and dark stripes on the back.
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6. Meerkat With A Group:
Here’s another realistic coloring page of a group of meerkats. Meerkats stay highly alert to the predators from both ground and sky. Eagles, hawks, and vultures are threats from the sky, and Serval cats and jackals are threats on the ground. Even in their burrows, badgers and cobras can assault them. But meerkats are very brave and courageous. They try to counteract cobras if they have enough gang members.
7. Vigilant Meerkat:
The meerkat mob remains in constant communication, using specific tones while foraging. Even while scavenging and digging, the meerkats know where everyone is. The sound gets louder when the group spreads apart and becomes softer when they come closer. Even events like feeding the babies and changing of the guard are announced with distinct calls.
8. Meerkat Mama With Baby:
Here’s an adorable coloring page of a baby meerkat with his mommy. Meerkats are a matriarchal society, as adult female meerkats are slightly larger than males. Baby meerkats are born with ears and eyes shut. They open their eyes after two weeks. The pups venture out of the den after four weeks of birth. Mommy meerkat also teaches young meerkats what kind of food to eat.
9. King Julien With Clover:
Here’s a meerkat coloring page of King Julien with his bodyguard Clover. Clover, the meerkat, is the captain of the Ringtail Guard and remained Julien’s personal bodyguard until he relinquished the crown to his nephew. Clover is a stoic professional and focuses completely on her work. She is always ready to battle if King Julien or any jungle fellows are in danger.
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10. Standing Upright:
Here’s a coloring page of a meerkat basking in the sun. As mentioned earlier, meerkats are famed for their upright posture. They stand on their rear legs and stare alertly over the plains. Mama meerkats can even nurse their babies while standing. Meerkats usually come out of their burrow once the sun is up for grooming and sunbathing.
We hope your kids have a gala time coloring these diagrams. We would love to receive your feedback and suggestions on this article. So feel free to share your queries with us in the comment section.