We have a marvellous mob of five Meerkats at the park, including Jackie, our dominant female, who can often be seen squabbling with the others at feed time!
Join us daily at 11.30am & 4pm for a Meerkat Encounter – a unique opportunity to be taken inside their desert enclosure (Video talk available instead of our regular encounter to ensure social distancing).
Meerkats are found in southern Africa living in dry open areas, scrublands and savannas. They inhabit all parts of the Kalahari desert and parts of the Namib desert.
Meerkats are primarily insectivores, but also eat plants and other animals such as lizards, snakes, scorpions, spiders, eggs, small mammals & small birds.
The alpha male & female do most of the breeding from October to April. They have a gestation period of 11 weeks and will have 2 – 5 pups. Adult members of the mob help to babysit and mentor the young so that the mother can forage for food.
Meerkats face no major treats in the wild and numbers are believed to be stable. The natural predators to them are snakes & birds of prey.
Meerkats have developed their own language! They are thought to have over 40 sounds that mean different things, from recruitment calls to danger warnings.