Meerkats are squirrel-sized mammals that live in Africa, where they become popular because of their upright posture. They often stand on their hinds legs as they look over their surroundings. With their bushy, brown-striped fur, small and pointed face, and large eyes surrounded by dark patches, they are truly adorable. If these Meerkat facts we just shared entice you to come looking for one, we don't blame you! If you want to see these cute, furry animals with your very own eyes, you better start looking for them in the morning because meerkats only go outside during the daytime. They commonly live in burrows and stay in large groups. Meerkats get out of their burrows as soon as the sun rises to search for food. Just like ants, meerkats work together. They hunt for their favorite foods using their keen sense of smell. You'll usually see them eating insects, caterpillars, spiders, and scorpions.\u00a0 Small reptiles, birds, eggs, fruits, and plants are also on their menu. Unfortunately, they live a difficult life in the African desert, they face constant danger from hungry predators, rival meerkats, droughts, and burrow-flooding rainstorms. Despite all the challenges they face, meerkats are also extremely sociable, especially the female ones. Sadly, you can't bring one home, keeping a pet meerkat is illegal in America but legal in the United Kingdom. Know more about these cute, unique creatures by checking out our 30 fun meerkat facts!