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WILDLIFE VIEWING VISITS WITH GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN:

Experience their MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS with the Wild and Free UNGULUNGU Meerkat group protected in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project with Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man: http://www.meerkatmagicmoments.meerkatmagic.com

Experience their MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS with the Wild and Free TSEBOKOLODI Yellow Mongoose group protected in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project with Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man: http://www.mongoosemagicmoments.meerkatmagic.com

For a wildlife viewing visit to see The Ungulungu Meerkat group OR The Tsebokolodi Yellow Mongoose group please feel welcome to email Grant at:

gmmcilrath@mweb.co.za
OR
grant.mcilrath.the.meerkat.man@gmail.com


MEERKATS BOOK BY AUTHOR GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN ISBN-13 9781921517655

The book can also be requested as a reference book in libraries and educational institutions as it is a scientific conservation work. It can be purchased online here too: Buy the #MEERKATS book by Grant Mc Ilrath The #Meerkat Man: http://uk.newhollandpublishers.com/meerkats.html

Adopt a #Meerkat: http://www.giftrepublic.com/Product.aspx?ProdID=MEERKATADOPTIT

Description
Meerkats offers unique insight into the world of this endearing creature, and is the first title on the subject written by a professionally qualified nature conservationist. Includes remarkable sequences of images of Meerkats mobbing together to take on predators such as jackals, eagles and venomous snakes, along with many other interesting behaviours - Meerkats truly are mammalian masters of multi-tasking.

Key Features
Author(s) Grant McIlrath
Publisher New Holland Publishers
Date of Publication 01/02/2016
Language English
Format Hardback
ISBN-10 1921517654
ISBN-13 9781921517655
Subject Natural History: Animal & Wildlife

Publication Data
Place of Publication Frenchs Forest, NSW
Country of Publication Australia
Imprint New Holland Publishers

Dimensions
Width 190 mm
Height 240 mm

MEERKATS by internationally published author Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man is the new 240 page hard cover conservation book published in 2016. This is the first conservation book ever done on meerkats and includes two of the three currently recognised sub species.

It also discusses the conservation work of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.

Included are three of Grant's wildlife conservation poems, with two about the world famous UNGULUNGU meerkat group and dozens of photographs. It also reveals a crash course in the complex language of meerkats including phonetic call guides for all ages to attempt to imitate - learn to understand the language of the meerkats.

The MEERKATS book can be viewed in many book stores or on the New Holland Publishers site here: http://uk.newhollandpublishers.com/meerkats.html

In South Africa in the Western Cape copies of MEERKATS can be bought from Wordsworth Books in George from the Garden Route Mall Shop No.89.


ADOPTING A WILD AND FREE MEERKAT:

Adopt a Meerkat with Gift Republic and Wildlife research biologist and professional nature conservationist Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man and The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and help protect wild and free Meerkats living in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve, helping to protect Meerkats and their habitat since 1993: http://www.giftrepublic.com/Product.aspx?ProdID=MEERKATADOPTIT


THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT VISITOR INFORMATION:

Very limited tourist visits in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve are allocated so that the Wild and Free meerkats and other wildlife are not disturbed between the primary reserve focus of conservation and research observations and ongoing reserve management.

There are numerous unethical commercially focused meerkat tours being offered in South Africa now over the years (like outdoor zoos or show farms), sadly the meerkats are simply fed and tamed for tourists or kept in large enclosures or tame meerkats are released and claimed to be wild etc. I do not associate with these "tourism researchers / guides".

The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project now owns its own reserve for Meerkats and other naturally occurring wildlife to be conserved on. Additional land is required to purchase and enlarge the existing reserve and to rehabilitate into wildlife habitat from intensive and environmentally unsustainable ostrich, sheep, cattle and goat farming land usage of the past.

Now you can Watch Wild Meerkats / Suricates and Mongooses and other reserve wildlife in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa and Walk With Wildlife on a morning Sunrise Tour or afternoon Sunset Tour with Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man in his own reserve, The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.

Have you watched any Meerkat or Mongoose films?

Now you can see wild and free Meerkats and Mongooses at The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and experience their Meerkat Magic Moments and Mongoose Magic Moments on your unedited documentary like Tour, you can be taken behind the scenes and science.

Grant M. Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man is your professionally qualified Nature Conservationist and Wildlife Research Biologist guide, who has been researching Wild Meerkats and other wildlife in the wilderness since 1993 and has helped with the making of numerous international Meerkat films including those with the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel amongst others.

Formerly working with Cambridge University in Britain and the University of Pretoria in South Africa for over 7 years, with numerous international Scientific Publications to his credit, he now offers the public his unique insights into the lives of wild Meerkats and Mongooses.

In 1997 Grant began planning a Conservation Project that would be open to the international public to visit Wild Meerkats, Mongooses and other wildlife, with open source research and applied conservation and education as major objectives, and in 2004 this officially was made available for the public to experience.

The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is mainly funded by Observe and Conserve Eco- Tourism and Agri-Tourism which is sustainable and practices alternative land usage. Conservation Through Education and Habitat Conservation are primary goals.

None of the study animals are ever fed, captured, experimented with, or handled in any way, and no intrusive research methodology or techniques are applied, there are no radio transmitters fitted.

Study animals are tolerant of Grant Mc Ilrath and any selected observers accompanying him, but the study animals are not tame, and specific guidelines must be observed in order not to disturb them on any visit.

Visiting guests help The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project with:

• conserving habitat for animals and plants

• generating funds for local, previously disadvantaged communities, who are given skills training and employment

• subsidising previous farming practices so that areas are no longer farmed on intensively

• sponsoring school presentations and other charity work

Very advanced bookings are essential. Bookings are made on a first booked first reserved basis as there are a very limited number of openings on any given Tour day.

SMS and E-mail bookings are preferred when possible.


TESTIMONIALS ABOUT GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN:

Testimonial from Professor Tim Clutton-Brock from Cambridge University Large Animal Research Group (L.A.R.G) in Britain for Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man
http://www.meerkatmagic.com/images/articles/testimonials/cambridge.jpg

Testimonial from Professor J.D. Skinner from Pretoria University Mammal Research Institute (M.R.I) in South Africa for Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man
http://www.meerkatmagic.com/images/articles/testimonials/pretoria.jpg

Testimonial from Kruger National Park South Africa for Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man
http://www.meerkatmagic.com/images/articles/testimonials/kruger.jpg

Testimonial from Film Maker Richard Goss for Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man
http://www.meerkatmagic.com/images/articles/testimonials/goss.jpg


ABOUT GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN

Born in Gauteng on 3 March 1973, attended Parkview primary and then Parkview Senior Schools followed by Greenside High School then moved to Pretoria to study Nature Conservation professionally, then in 1993 moved to the Kalahari for over seven years of professional wildlife field research employed with the University of Pretoria South Africa M.R.I - Mammal Research Institute and Cambridge University United Kingdom L.A.R.G - Large Animal Research Group and then moved to Witsand in the Western Cape with Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Oxford University United Kingdom for Herpestinae wildlife research then to Oudtshoorn to establish The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS and MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS and to buy land and create and own The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve to current.


INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BY GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN:

These scientific publications were done jointly with The Mammal Research Institute (M.R.I) of The University of Pretoria of South Africa and The Large Animal Research Group (L.A.R.G) of The University of Cambridge in Britain that Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man worked with for over seven years in the Kalahari from 1993 before establishing The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS and MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve around Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa.

Over the period from 1993 to current Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A - The Meerkat Man has co-authored the following scientific publications with Cambridge University Britain and Pretoria University South Africa, and others:

1. Title: http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/14/4/472.short A genetic analysis of breeding success in the cooperative meerkat (Suricata suricatta). Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY

2. Title: http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/14/4/486.short Breeding success in cooperative meerkats: effects of helper number and maternal state. Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY

3. Title: http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/5/590.short Offspring food allocation by parents and helpers in a cooperative mammal. Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY

4. Title: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s002650000249 Reproductive suppression and inbreeding avoidance in wild populations of co operatively breeding meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY

5. Title: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/297/5579/253.short Evolution and development of sex differences in cooperative behavior in meerkats. Published in: SCIENCE

6. Title: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/293/5539/2446.short Effects of helpers on juvenile development and survival in meerkats. Published in: SCIENCE

7. Title: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/291/5503/478.short Cooperation, control, and concession in meerkat groups. Published in: SCIENCE

8. Title: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2656.2002.00636.x/full Factors affecting pup growth and survival in co-operatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Published in: JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY

9. Title: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2656.1999.00317.x/full Predation, group size and mortality in a cooperative mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Published in: JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY

10. Title: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347200916312 Contributions to cooperative rearing in meerkats. Published in: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

11. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/269/1505/2147.short The energetics of lactation in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B- BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

12. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/267/1440/301.short Individual contributions to babysitting in a cooperative mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

13. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/265/1412/2291.short Infanticide and expulsion of females in a cooperative mammal. Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

14. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/265/1392/185.short Costs of cooperative behaviour in suricates (Suricata suricatta). Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

15. Title: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12396490 The energetics of lactation in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta.


I have included various links to my conservation sites that may be of interest to you:

Wild and Free Meerkat Conservation Tweet tweet...follow updates as they happen and subscribe for video, images as they go live here:

https://twitter.com/The_Meerkat_Man

For Grant's international scientific meerkat publications links:

http://www.meerkatmagic.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=469

The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project's MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS are Wildlife Films from Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man a professionally qualified Nature Conservation Biologist and internationally published wildlife researcher and Director and owner of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve - involved with numerous meerkat / suricate films with the BBC; National Geographic; Discovery Channel and more since 1993 and ongoing (over 20 years of fieldwork with two subspecies of the 3 recognised). Bringing you the REAL wildlife film - no post editing or pre-determined scripting or set ups when filming wildlife here - an unedited wildlife documentary behind the scenes and science. No tame, or fed, captured, marked, radio collared, handled animals here - only Wild and Free reserve protected species.

There are 150 + free online conservation videos from MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS - UNCUT of our Wild and Free meerkats and free meerkat greeting card images from our Wild and Free meerkat conservation research since 1993 and ongoing:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMeerkatMan

Your anonymous vote can help spread an awareness about the meerkat / suricate pet trade and aid Conservation Through Education – please vote here:

http://www.meerkatmagic.com/modules.php?name=Surveys&pollID=5

** FREE TO JOIN ** The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project CAUSE and Help conserve Wild and Free meerkats / suricates in the wild!

Every Wild and Free meerkat / suricate conservation supporter is asked to help spread an increasing awareness about conserving Wild and Free meerkats / suricates and their habitat- being in our cause is FREE and the objective is to encourage CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION - so for every additional person who joins our cause, we are achieving this goal - thank you!

** GLOBAL MEERKAT FRIENDS become a WILDLIFE PROTECTOR = Applied Global Conservation Through Education = Wild and Free meerkats and their habitat conservation = Protecting Wild meerkats since 1993! ** The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project - Help conserve Wild and Free meerkats in the wild!

The Wild and Free meerkat / suricate conservation cause with The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project

http://www.causes.com/causes/483084


CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION: Anybody can help spread an awareness to aid in protecting wild Mongooses for FREE:
https://www.causes.com/campaigns/106351-conserve-wild-mongooses-using-conservation-through-education

Tragically Mongooses often get persecuted even more than Meerkats, Mongooses are frequently villainised in the media too which has a terribly negative impact on erasing ignorance and promoting conservation of the species.

Conservation Through Education is essential - for every person who tells another about the plight of Wild and Free Mongooses and their habitat loss through destroying of their sleeping burrows, pesticides on their food, and the illegal in most areas pet trade we can help conserve the Mongoose and it's habitat - all it takes is spreading the word to help achieve our goal.

This is a sister campaign of the Meerkat Magic Conservation Project, as the Tsebokolodi Mongoose group and other Mongoose species in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve share one of their main burrows with the world famous Ungulungu Meerkat group.

Mongooses and Meerkats share many of the same habitats and therefore suffer from many of the same conservation challenges to protect them and their environments.

MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS:
TSEBOKOLODI YELLOW MONGOOSE GROUP MAIN VIDEO CHANNEL:
https://youtu.be/GJn6cGylPP0

MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS:
The Tsebokolodi Yellow Mongoose group is a protected study group of wild Yellow Mongooses (Cynictis penicillata) living in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project, they share the home territory of the world famous Meerkats of The Ungulungu Meerkat group.

The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project's #MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS feature mongoose species living in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project which is part of The Ungulungu Meerkat Groups territory. The yellow mongooses (Cynictis penicillata) from The Tsebokolodi mongoose group are a primary feature.


Best wishes from

Grant

Grant M. Mc Ilrath

A.K.A - The Meerkat Man

The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project

The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve

MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS IMAGES AND VISITOR INFORMATION: http://www.meerkatmagicmoments.meerkatmagic.com

MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS IMAGES AND VISITOR INFORMATION: http://www.mongoosemagicmoments.meerkatmagic.com

Cell: +27 (0) 82 413 6895

Land: +27 (0) 44 272 3077

E-mail: gmmcilrath@mweb.co.za

E-mail: grant.mcilrath.the.meerkat.man@gmail.com


** POSTAL DETAILS:

THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT

THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE

MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS

MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS

POST NET SUITE #82

PRIVATE BAG X680

OUDTSHOORN

WESTERN CAPE

SOUTH AFRICA


I have included various links to my conservation sites that may be of interest to you:

** WEBSITE LINKS:

The Wild Web Site - Your Wildlife Friendly Information Portal: http://www.meerkatmagic.com

Twitter account: https://twitter.com/The_Meerkat_Man

MEERKATS FEATURING THE UNGULUNGU GROUP:

MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS Video channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMeerkatMan

MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS IMAGES AND VISITOR INFORMATION: http://www.meerkatmagicmoments.meerkatmagic.com

Wild and Free Meerkat Conservation Cause: http://www.causes.com/causes/483084

MONGOOSES FEATURING THE TESEBOKOLODI YELLOW MONGOOSE GROUP:

MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS:
TSEBOKOLODI YELLOW MONGOOSE GROUP MAIN VIDEO CHANNEL:
https://youtu.be/GJn6cGylPP0

MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS IMAGES AND VISITOR INFORMATION: http://www.mongoosemagicmoments.meerkatmagic.com

Wild and Free Mongoose Conservation Cause: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/106351-conserve-wild-mongooses-using-conservation-through-education

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https://youtu.be/-ejaOnoGiig

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Creepy crawlies found in the reserve that Meerkats and Mongooses hunt or avoid...how well do you know these invertebrates? https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLro1plXfE9DI427uzdXoxVveJZap1CNPV

CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION WITH GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN IN THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE OF THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA. (Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man author of MEERKATS book 2016).

Any international book seller and library can order a copy of MEERKATS with the following information: MEERKATS BOOK BY AUTHOR GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN ISBN-13 9781921517655

The book can also be requested as a reference book in libraries and educational institutions as it is a scientific conservation work.

The MEERKATS book can be viewed in many book stores or on the New Holland Publishers site here: http://uk.newhollandpublishers.com/meerkats.html

The Wild Website Your Wildlife Friendly Information Portal archive since 2004 with over 16 million views: http://www.meerkatmagic.com

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Meerkat image slideshow: https://youtu.be/vyc_HpkciU4

MEERKATS BOOK BY AUTHOR GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN ISBN-13 9781921517655

The book can also be requested as a reference book in libraries and educational institutions as it is a scientific conservation work. It can be purchased online here too: Buy the #MEERKATS book by Grant Mc Ilrath The #Meerkat Man: http://uk.newhollandpublishers.com/meerkats.html

ADOPT A WILD MEERKAT @giftrepublic U.K AND THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT: Adopt a #Meerkat: http://www.giftrepublic.com/Product.aspx?ProdID=MEERKATADOPTIT

Description
Meerkats offers unique insight into the world of this endearing creature, and is the first title on the subject written by a professionally qualified nature conservationist. Includes remarkable sequences of images of Meerkats mobbing together to take on predators such as jackals, eagles and venomous snakes, along with many other interesting behaviours - Meerkats truly are mammalian masters of multi-tasking.

Key Features
Author(s) Grant McIlrath
Publisher New Holland Publishers
Date of Publication 01/02/2016
Language English
Format Hardback
ISBN-10 1921517654
ISBN-13 9781921517655
Subject Natural History: Animal & Wildlife

MEERKATS by internationally published author Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man is the new 240 page hard cover conservation book published in 2016. This is the first conservation book ever done on meerkats and includes two of the three currently recognised sub species and dozens of photographs!

It also discusses the conservation work of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.

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Best wishes for the weekend everybody 😁

MEERKATS BOOK BY AUTHOR GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN ISBN-13 9781921517655

The book can also be requested as a reference book in libraries and educational institutions as it is a scientific conservation work. It can be purchased online here too: Buy the #MEERKATS book by Grant Mc Ilrath The #Meerkat Man: http://uk.newhollandpublishers.com/meerkats.html

ADOPT A WILD MEERKAT @giftrepublic U.K AND THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT: Adopt a #Meerkat: http://www.giftrepublic.com/Product.aspx?ProdID=MEERKATADOPTIT

Description
Meerkats offers unique insight into the world of this endearing creature, and is the first title on the subject written by a professionally qualified nature conservationist. Includes remarkable sequences of images of Meerkats mobbing together to take on predators such as jackals, eagles and venomous snakes, along with many other interesting behaviours - Meerkats truly are mammalian masters of multi-tasking.

Key Features
Author(s) Grant McIlrath
Publisher New Holland Publishers
Date of Publication 01/02/2016
Language English
Format Hardback
ISBN-10 1921517654
ISBN-13 9781921517655
Subject Natural History: Animal & Wildlife

MEERKATS by internationally published author Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man is the new 240 page hard cover conservation book published in 2016. This is the first conservation book ever done on meerkats and includes two of the three currently recognised sub species and dozens of photographs!

It also discusses the conservation work of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.

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The Meerkat Mansion Wildlife Research Base Accommodation in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project the home of Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man - The Mongoose Man: https://youtu.be/tq1CKbm9Ga0

The Ungulungu Meerkats and The Tsebokolodi Yellow Mongooses live in the reserve.

CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION WITH GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN IN THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE OF THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA. (Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man author of MEERKATS book 2016).

Any international book seller and library can order a copy of MEERKATS with the following information: MEERKATS BOOK BY AUTHOR GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN ISBN-13 9781921517655

The book can also be requested as a reference book in libraries and educational institutions as it is a scientific conservation work.

The Wild Website Your Wildlife Friendly Information Portal archive since 2004 with over 15 million views: http://www.meerkatmagic.com

#The Meerkat Mansion Wildlife Research Base Accommodation #The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve #The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project

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ELEVATED GUARDING IN MEERKATS - VIGILANCE AND ASSOCIATED ENERGY

Which factors determine who guards - the frequency, duration and relative position to individuals within a Meerkat group:

http://www.meerkatmagic.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=184

Usually there are multiple guards up at any time, the larger the group is the more often different animals stand up on guard. This is called basic vigilance behaviour and all animals will stand up on guard to scan the area for danger.

Visibility determined by habitat type is a major influencing factor regarding how far apart different animals in a group of meerkats will be foraging, and the further they are apart the more guards will be active.

These basic vigilant sessions last from a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. Often one animal will stop guarding when another stands up to guard.

The most important factor deciding who stands up on guard is condition- animals who have just eaten, often stand up briefly before continuing to forage.

Elevated or raised guarding may last from a few minutes to over three hours! These animals have eaten very well, and can now afford to stand on guard for much longer periods, while their food digests.

So they benefit the group by their guarding but most importantly themselves, because they are the first to see danger and usually the first to avoid it, by running below ground to safety. 

The animals who are guarding like this may climb up on vegetation up to 7 metres high! Although being very good climbers going up objects. Meerkats are extremely poor at climbing down from objects, since they do not have retractile claws/ nails. These nails (four on each foot, front and back, with much longer nails on the front foot) do not stick into surfaces easily, like tree bark, going downwards, but help in the meerkats upward clinging climb.

Meerkats often fall from high up off the ground, the equivalent fall in metres for a human would kill.

CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION WITH GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN IN THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE OF THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA. (Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man author of MEERKATS book 2016). Any international book seller and library can order a copy of MEERKATS with the following information: MEERKATS BOOK BY AUTHOR GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN ISBN-13 9781921517655

The book can also be requested as a reference book in libraries and educational institutions as it is a scientific conservation work.

The MEERKATS book can be viewed in many book stores or on the New Holland Publishers site here: http://uk.newhollandpublishers.com/meerkats.html
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THE TRAGIC MEERKAT PET TRADE: Your anonymous vote can help spread an awareness about the meerkat / suricate pet trade and aid Conservation Through Education – please vote here: 

http://www.meerkatmagic.com/modules.php?name=Surveys&pollID=5 
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THE TRAGIC MEERKAT PET TRADE: Your anonymous vote can help spread an awareness about the meerkat / suricate pet trade and aid Conservation Through Education – please vote here: 

http://www.meerkatmagic.com/modules.php?name=Surveys&pollID=5 

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How well do you understand wild Meerkats? The following list of publications provide detailed research for interested conservation friends:

INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BY GRANT MC ILRATH THE MEERKAT MAN:

These scientific publications were done jointly with The Mammal Research Institute (M.R.I) of The University of Pretoria of South Africa and The Large Animal Research Group (L.A.R.G) of The University of Cambridge in Britain that Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man worked with for over seven years in the Kalahari from 1993 before establishing The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS and MONGOOSE MAGIC MOMENTS and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve around Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa.

Over the period from 1993 to current Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A - The Meerkat Man has co-authored the following scientific publications with Cambridge University Britain and Pretoria University South Africa, and others: 

1. Title: http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/14/4/472.short A genetic analysis of breeding success in the cooperative meerkat (Suricata suricatta). Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY

2. Title: http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/14/4/486.short Breeding success in cooperative meerkats: effects of helper number and maternal state. Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY

3. Title: http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/12/5/590.short Offspring food allocation by parents and helpers in a cooperative mammal. Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 

4. Title: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s002650000249 Reproductive suppression and inbreeding avoidance in wild populations of co operatively breeding meerkats (Suricata suricatta). Published in: BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY

5. Title: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/297/5579/253.short Evolution and development of sex differences in cooperative behavior in meerkats. Published in: SCIENCE 

6. Title: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/293/5539/2446.short Effects of helpers on juvenile development and survival in meerkats. Published in: SCIENCE

7. Title: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/291/5503/478.short Cooperation, control, and concession in meerkat groups. Published in: SCIENCE

8. Title: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2656.2002.00636.x/full Factors affecting pup growth and survival in co-operatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Published in: JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY

9. Title: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2656.1999.00317.x/full Predation, group size and mortality in a cooperative mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Published in: JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY

10. Title: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347200916312 Contributions to cooperative rearing in meerkats. Published in: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 

11. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/269/1505/2147.short The energetics of lactation in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta. Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B- BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

12. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/267/1440/301.short Individual contributions to babysitting in a cooperative mongoose, Suricata suricatta. Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

13. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/265/1412/2291.short Infanticide and expulsion of females in a cooperative mammal. Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

14. Title: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/265/1392/185.short Costs of cooperative behaviour in suricates (Suricata suricatta). Published in: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SERIES B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

15. Title: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12396490 The energetics of lactation in cooperatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta.

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