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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Meerkat Close Up

While on a stroll through the Kalahari bush I came across a group of Meerkats. These particular individuals are part of a long-term study on behavioral ecology and therefore are very well habituated to human presence. That is how I managed to get such a good close up of this beauty without scaring it off!

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Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Kuruman River Reserve, South Africa
Copyright: © Rita Leal