Schedule change

From 27 March until 20 June, the Park is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 6 pm, and until 7.30 pm on weekends, holidays and public holidays.

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Suricates © MNHN – F-G. Grandin

The meerkat

The meerkat is a small diurnal animal originating from southwestern Africa which is recognisable because of its distinctive posture, where it stands upright on its hind legs.


Class, order and family :
Mammalia, carnivora, herpestidae
Lifespan :
Up to 10 years
Height & weight :
From 45 to 50 cm, between 625 g and 1 kg
Gestation :
Around 70 days
Natural habitat :
Semi-arid plains, scrublands and prairie grasslands
Diet :
Opportunistic insectivore
Native region :
South-west africa
Statut UICN : 

Least concern (LC)


The iconic meerkat is a diurnal animal which lives in groups, in a territory that it can share peacefully with other meerkats. Skilful and meticulous, it can feed on venomous prey.


At the Zoological Park of Paris, the meerkats share their enclosure with the bat-eared foxes.

Les suricates explorent leur nouvel enclos. MNHN - FG. GRANDIN
suricates © MNHN F.G Grandin