everyone needs a friend - Meerkat is a small mongoose. Habitat is on Kalahari Desert, Namib Desert (Namibia) and South Africa and Southwest Angola. Name derived from Dutch “meerkat” which means “lake cat” adapted by Dutch from Sanskrit “markaţa” meaning “monkey”. Size:-Length of Head and body,10 to 12inch (25 to 32 cm); tail is about 8 to 9.4 in (20 to 25 cm) - Weight: less than 1 kg. They have good binocular vision and large field of vision.