This article was originally published on March 13, 2014 and has been updated
When you think of teamwork, the last thing you probably think about is meerkats, those strange little denizens of the Kalahari Desert.
By rights these cute, squirrel-sized members of the mongoose family shouldn’t be able to survive in such an inhospitable, dry and scorching environment.
They’re defenseless—surrounded by predators.
To add insult to injury, they have to dig for food—not just a little digging, but up to several times their body weight, just to get at one small morsel of caterpillar or beetle larvae.
Yet—cute, frenzied, tough and tenacious, survive they do, and quite successfully.
Their secret? Teamwork.
Meerkats are one of the few animals on Earth that can work together as a team—almost as well as humans. Continue reading