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In the Real World
Meerkats have slender bodies, tapering tails, and pointed faces. Their legs, which are thin and long, end in four-toed paws with powerful claws. They have black crescent-shaped ears. Their fur is usually grizzled gray, silvery brown, orange, gold, or tan in color, with a brown nose and black patches around the eyes. They have a pattern of stripes on their back, unique to each meerkat.
In The Lion Guard
The only meerkat shown in The Lion Guard thus far has been Timon, a meerkat with brown fur, darker stripes on his back, dark brown ears, and a small crest of reddish fur atop his head.
Meerkats belong to the mongoose family. They weigh about the same as squirrels, and live in the deserts and grasslands of Africa. Being social animals, they live in colonies. They are expert diggers that dig elaborate underground burrows. Their main predators are birds of prey and jackals.
Timon the meerkat is the adoptive uncle of Bunga, one of the main characters in The Lion Guard as well as the adoptive uncle of Simba, the Ruler of the Pride Lands, and as such he appears frequently throughout the series.
Notable Meerkats in The Lion Guard
- Another meerkat is also seen in Meet the New Guard.