Caesar the Meerkat

Meerkat

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Child adoptions are for 0-16 year olds, and include all this for just £45:

  • A special Adoption Certificate.
  • Meerkat cuddly toy.
  • A car sticker.
  • Stickers.
  • A bookmark.
  • A photo of me... lucky you!
  • One child day ticket
  • Animal fact sheet, so you'll know all about the Meerkat
  • Access to the online Adopters Zone.
  • Recognition on the adopter board at the Meerkat enclosure.

Are you a grown up? See our Standard Adoption Scheme.

We also have a group adoption scheme for just £55 which is perfect for schools & clubs – call us on 01962 777988 to find out more.

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About the Meerkat

What do I eat?

Meerkats mainly eat invertebrates such as beetles, scorpions, spiders and centipede larvae. They will occasionally eat vertebrates including lizards and small snakes.

Where do I live?

Meerkats are found in western parts of southern Africa, including western and southern Namibia, south-western Botswana, and north and west South Africa. They live in open, arid areas with short grasses and scrub. 

Breeding

Generally only the dominant male and female of a group breed. Between three and seven pups are born in a litter. The pups are born with their eyes and ears closed, and remain in their underground den until they are three to four weeks old. Other members of the group help care for the young. These helpers babysit, groom, feed and protect the pups and also teach them foraging skills when they are old enough.

Predators

The main predators of meerkats include snakes, jackals and birds of prey such as eagles. Meerkats take turns to be on sentry duty, watching out for predators.  The sentries give different alarm calls depending on whether the predator is a mammal, a bird of prey or a snake.  If the predator is a mammal, the meerkats run to their nearest burrow; if the predator is a bird, the meerkats crouch, freeze and look up at the sky; if the predator is a snake, the group will get ready to mob the snake, bunching together and rocking back and forth to try to scare off the snake.

Conservation

Meerkats don’t currently face any major threats, and are found in several large, protected areas.

Fast facts

Status Least Concern

Size Head-body: males: 24.5-29cm; females: 26-28.5cm

Weight Males: 626-797g; females: 620-797g

Gestation 70 days

Young 3-7 pups per litter

Life span Over 12 years

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Did you know?

Meerkats live in groups, generally of 4-9 individuals, but groups of up to 49 have been recorded.

Meerkat groups will have about five dens in their territory and generally move to a different den every few days.

Meerkats are good diggers and can dig dens themselves, but usually use dens dug by other small mammals.

Meerkats sometimes share dens with South African ground squirrels or yellow mongooses.

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