|Group of Sierran meerkats in the Mojave Desert|
|Subspecies:||S. s. serra|
|Suricata suricatta serra|
It was originally believed that the meerkat could not adapt to the Mojave Desert, but reports in the late 19th century revealed the animals' quick adaption to the landscape and growing populations. Decades following these reports, the Sierran meerkat became recognized as its own subspecies in 1962 as the population thrived. Sierran meerkats exhibit virtually all the same behavior as their African ancestors including forming mobs of 10-50, assigning sentry duty, and creating complex burrow systems. Today's Sierran meerkats are slightly lighter than other meerkats however, and a slower metabolic rate. This is widely speculated to be due to scarcer food in the Mojave and Colorado deserts due to having drier years than that in the Kalahari savannah homeland.
The Sierran meerkat's diet is primarily insectivorous, consisting of ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, and scorpions. They however, can also eat other animals including snakes, kangaroo rats, lizards, and toads. Predators include the bobcat, coyote, and the red-tailed hawk.