Four meerkats pups have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire and the tiny new arrivals have already proved a huge hit with visitors! The pups were born on 11th May 2013 to mum Tallulah after an 11 week gestation period.
Julian Chapman, Team Leader of Large Mammals, commented: “This is the largest litter of pups we’ve had in a few years. The pups are doing very well and mum is doing a great job caring for them, despite probably having her hands full! At four weeks old the pups are still feeding from mum and will become fully weaned and eating solids at around 60 days old.”
Meerkats are part of the mongoose family and live in large families in burrows in the desert. They are highly social animals and live groups called mobs.
Julian added: “Aunties and older sisters will help mum out with babysitting whilst she goes off to feed, and some of the other members of the family will stand on their hind legs keeping a look out for predators.
“The pups spent the first few weeks in their underground burrows and have just started venturing out. If you can’t see the pups, we advise our visitors to wait patiently.”
Twycross Zoo’s newest arrivals join a succession of successful births for the zoo in 2013, including a western lowland gorilla, bonobo, crowned lemur, howler monkey and African pygmy goats.Whilst the works are being carried out on a NEW meerkat exhibit, the Zoo’s mob of meerkats will be temporarily off show. Come back and see them from Saturday 6th July and watch them (including our four fluffy babies!) explore their new surroundings!