TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cape ground squirrels (Xerus inauris) touching noses. This rodent lives in arid open areas in southern Africa, where it digs an extensive burrow system. The burrow is occupied by a colony of between 5 and 30 squirrels. The cape ground squirrel has a high level of social organisation. Female cape ground squirrels cooperate in raising their young, while males live amicably in bachelor groups. Photographed in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.
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