The Slender-Tailed Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) is a small mammal, native to the deserts of southern Africa, related to the mongoose family. It is a diurnal herpestid.
It has a long body up to 50 centimetres (20 inches) long with a tail of about 25 centimetres (10 inches). Its face is long and it narrows at the chin. Its eyes have black patches around them. Their fur is grey or brown with streaks of silver.