Photos and Video of Meerkats Climbing All Over a Photographer and His Gear

Meerkat on Camera

While out shooting meerkats in Botswana, photographer Will Burrard-Lucas transformed into the most adorable look-out post in the history of human-animal interactions, and if you don’t believe us, just take a look at the pictures and his behind the scenes video we’ve included below.

According to Burrard-Lucas, the wild meerkats he was out shooting (with a camera) are in fact wild, but having been around humans so much, they realize that our species isn’t a threat — well, at least most of the ones they’ve met.

Here’s Burrard-Lucas’ BTS video in which he explains all this while the resourceful creatures climb all over his gear… and himself:

To make these cute circumstances even cuter, Burrard-Lucas wasn’t just dealing with regular meerkats, but also a litter of three-week-old babies that he had known pretty much since the day they were born.

So while the adults were taking advantage of his height to use him as a lookout post to spot any predators that might be out to lunch, the babies were simply exuding childlike curiosity and climbing all over the camera that was set on the ground.

Here are some more pictures from the experience that Mr. Burrard-Lucas was kind enough to share with us:



Meerkat Selfie


Photographing Meerkats

Photographing Babies

Meerkat on Leg

Meerkat Photographers

Baby Meerkat on Camera

While the experience made for some awesome behind the scenes photos, Burrard-Lucas does admit that it made the job of actually photographing the meerkats a bit harder:

Trying to photograph animals that jumped on me whenever I got too close was certainly a challenge that I wasn’t used to facing… not that I was complaining!

To see some of the pictures he captured during his time with the Meerkats and hear more about the experience from the man behind the camera, head over to Burrard-Lucas’ blog by clicking here. You can also browse through his entire portfolio by visiting his main website or following him on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

(via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Will Burrard-Lucas and used with permission

  • C Jacobs

    Very cute indeed.

  • Sm0k3

    It’s so cute

  • Sean McCann

    I like his elbow covers! Great idea!

  • Marshallbaker


  • Rodrigo Abello

    Awesome pics!

  • Joel


  • Jigsaw

    Great stuff!

  • Peter “Pots”

    It just shows that you can interact with animals very well, if you and they have no fear.

  • Larissa

    These guys are smart, fearless AND cute. Triple threat in nature terms.

  • shovonpriya

    so cute indeed!!!!

  • Pedro Quintela

    Yesterday I didn’t´t get the second position on the most popular images of 500px because of this superb moment. Very well deserved Will!
    What an experience you had! Mother Nature gives us so many great things. This little fellows are adorable.

  • Neil Leslie

    I love the very last photographs in the set, with one meerkat behind the camera and another in front. You can almost hear the meerkat behind the camera saying, “Work it! Work it! Yeah, baby, that’s it! Great shoot!”

  • JohnnyO Tenor

    Maybe we have a lot to learn from animal behavior…

  • Matt King


    both the gear and pets (though I know they aren’t pets)

  • Chris

    RIght now 1,000 PetaPixel commenters are raging because there’s just nothing bad to say about this at all.

  • Green Global Travel

    This is too cute. I am an avid traveler and a lover of the outdoors, so this post caught my attention. Great pictures and great post! Thank you for sharing!


  • Yota71

    That would be an amazing experiece

  • yorUGLY

    Their noises are so cute!

  • Riot Nrrrd™