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Standing tall at only one foot high, the meerkat is a small member of the mongoose family that thrives in the Kalahari. These gregarious animals live in groups and often stand on their rears legs, gazing over the southern African plains where they live.
This LIVE broadcast will be following a specific family of some ten meerkats known as the 'Gosa Gang' that have made their home in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in the Southern Kalahari in South Africa. The Southern Kalahari receives somewhat more rain than the Central Kalahari and is often referred to as the 'Green Kalahari'. This allows it to support a large diversity of life and this richness is what makes a visit to Tswalu so rewarding.
This colony of meerkats has grown to trust people and allows close approach and observation. Our crew will follow them from the moment they pop out of their burrow in the morning (around 0500 GMT) and start to groom and carry out their daily chores such as burrow maintenance. When this is all done the Gosa Gang will leave the burrow to forage and our camera man and tracker will follow them and film their every move while you can watch over their shoulders LIVE. By shooting all footage from meerkat eye-level this LIVE broadcast truly captures the essence of the Kalahari and what it is like being inside the Gosa gang!
Once the sun sets the meerkats will disappear back down into one of their burrows for the night and our broadcast ends for the day. Soon we hope to also be able to have burrow cams underground to film their nightly activities and bring you the lives of these fascinating creatures around the clock.