Normally, a litter of suricates consists of two to four young. The gestation period amounts eleven weeks. After birth, the young suricates are not able to see or hear. They open their eyes two weeks after birth. The young are nursed for two months; they are pubescent after a year. Suricates can breed up to three litters per year; it’s possible because all members of a colony support each other while breeding. Suricates can live up to six years.
In South Africa some farmers fight suricates because they destroy farm land with their building activity. Furthermore, it is possible that suricates transfer rabies – in some cases humans were bitten by rabid suricates and ended up being infected.
Although suricates are chased, they are not endangered at the moment.
Meet these fascinating animals while doing a ranger training offered by NATUCATE in Southern Africa.