Within meerkat colonies, there is always at least one animal that serves as the “lookout.”
The meerkat has often been regarded as altruistic to the group, but it is probably more accurate to say that it is more cooperative, to alert the others since the lookout doesn’t usually put itself at risk. Our meerkat doesn’t feel the least bit shy about showing this amazing behavior high atop our female African spurred tortoise. I wonder what they are both thinking?!
– John Adamski, Assistant Curator