The four pups were born in February to mum, Macbeth, and dad, Choggy, who have been caring for the pups underground. Now the youngsters are a few weeks old they are ready to venture out of their burrow to explore their new surroundings. As they grow in confidence, the playful pups will spend an increasing number of days outside their den learning the ropes from their mob.
The four new arrivals have three siblings, Jaspar, Bella and Rosilee, who were born in July last year. Meerkats are co-operative breeders, so it’s likely that these older siblings will share ‘babysitting’ duties with their parents as well as teaching them to play and forage.
This family of meerkats can be found on the Back Lawn enclosure behind Marwell Hall.