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Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Burrow borrower

Posted by: Caileigh Robertson, Communications

You often see our meerkats piled above ground, but it's in underground burrows where they typically make their home.

Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

However, despite the fact that they are excellent diggers, these burrow dwellers are more often burrow borrowers, as they usually don’t build the burrows themselves. Meerkats will often settle into burrows previously dug by other animals such as ground squirrels and other mongooses.