Several zoos have live 24/7 webcams of their meerkat families.
Meerkats are small members of the mongoose family who live in the deserts of Africa (the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Namib Desert in Namibia, Southwestern Angola and South Africa). They mainly eat small insects and animals, in addition to plants and fungi. While they only live an average of 6 to 7 years in the wild, captive meerkats tend to live twice as long, about 12 to 14 years. Meerkat families generally have 20 to 50 family members. And it is their family interactions that make them so interesting to watch!
The Zoological Society of London
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) uses television white space technology (TVWS) to broadcast this meerkat cam footage to youtube (see the next page for an explanation of this novel technology). Be sure to consider the time difference between your location and England, or you may only ‘see’ the London night. 🙂 So best viewing for North Americans would be very late at night through early morning in North America.
Marwell Zoo, also located in the United Kingdom, has a meerkat webcam as well. Marwell Zoo was founded in 1972 and is a 140 acre zoological park located in Marwell, in the Hampshire countryside near Winchester, southwest of London. Marwell Wildlife, which owns the zoo, is a charity organization that also runs field conservation programs in the UK and Africa.
While the meerkats are sleeping at night (unlike other mongooses, meerkats hunt during the day and sleep at night), Marwell does have infrared lighting on this webcam, so you can still see the meerkat enclosure during the English nighttime. Again, best viewing for North Americans would be very late at night through early morning in North America.