No, they are totally different species and are not even related. Meerkats are part of the mongoose family, and primarily eat insects. Prairie dogs are rodents and related to hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, and mice, and are herbivores. Prairie dogs live in North America and meerkats are found in Africa. They do have some similar social behaviors, however, living in groups in underground tunnel systems.
Another key difference is the diet of each. Meerkats, or Suricata suricatta, are omnivores. Prairie dogs, or Cynomys ludovicianus, are herbivores. A meerkat is pictured in the top photo.
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