Quote from Western Plain Zoo:
"Slender-tailed Meerkats are small, active animals belonging to the mongoose family. They have a long body and short legs, standing around 30cm tall. The coat is greyish brown to light grey with dark bands across the body and dark eyes and nose. The dark patches around their eyes lessen the desert glare similar to sunglasses and their ears can close in the event of a sand storm.The Meerkat's long foreclaws are especially adapted to scratching and digging while its pointed snout enables it to reach into small crevices."