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New Additions to the Meerkat Mob!

Friday, 04 July 2014

Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of two meerkat pups. The female pups join the mob of 16 meerkats in their habitat which is located in the Meerkat Restaurant at Dublin Zoo.

 

Although the pups were born at the end of May, the parents kept the young hidden in burrows for the first few weeks. Throughout this period, the parents and aunts kept a close watch over the pups in the secret passages located behind a rock, warning each other with sharp barks if there were any signs of danger.

 

Meerkats demonstrate altruistic behaviour within their colonies where one or more meerkats stand guard, to warn others of approaching dangers.

 

Eddie O’Brien, team leader said, “We are delighted with the arrival of the pups. Both pups are doing very well. They are still feeding from their mother and recently they have also started eating solids. As carnivores they eat insects and mice.”

 

Meerkats are small mammals belonging to the mongoose family. They live in the drier parts of southern Africa including the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Namib Desert in Namibia, southwestern Angola and South Africa. 

Visitors can see the meerkat pups in the Meerkat Restaurant at Dublin Zoo.

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