Home / News & Diaries » Zoo News » A double dose of cuteness

A double dose of cuteness

Zoo News - Posted 20 February 2014

babies meerkat

The little meerkats were born on 1 February, and have been quick to take part in the daily activities and routine of their extended family, says Hamilton Zoo Curator Samantha Kudeweh.

“They’re very playful and active, interested in their surroundings and already very involved in the daily life and routines of the zoo’s meerkat mob,” she says.

“It’s unusual for zoo staff to see baby meerkats in the first couple of weeks after their birth, but the signs are very good.

“We haven’t determined their gender yet, but we’ll know if they’re males or females in a few weeks, when we give them a full examination.”

Mrs Kudeweh says baby meerkats are extremely reliant on their mothers and other adults, and display many of the same juvenile traits as common domestic kittens. Baby meerkats will be cared for by a number of adults in the group, and Mrs Kudeweh says that’s been evident at Hamilton Zoo, where the male adult meerkats have been looking after the new arrivals

Meerkats mature and grow quickly, and are able to breed from one year old. Their natural environment is the dry arid areas of southern Africa, particularly the Kalahari Desert which extends into Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. They live to between 12 and 15 years, and were the  focus of the British TV series Meerkat Manor, which has screened in New Zealand.

The two juvenile meerkats will stay at Hamilton Zoo for the medium term, and long-term plans for them will depend on regional breeding programmes for the species.

Meerkat2 Meerkat4
Meerkat6 Meerkat7

Recent updates

Hamilton Zoo's half century a happy birthday for founder
Zoo News - Posted 8 April 2019

Hamilton Zoo Family Fun Day IS COMING!
Zoo News - Posted 25 March 2019

Hamilton Zoo closed this Thursday
Zoo News - Posted 18 March 2019

Snapped at the Zoo
Zoo News - Posted 30 December 2018

Together lets give a child a day to remember this holiday season
Zoo News - Posted 14 December 2018

It's rhino on the move, take two...
Zoo News - Posted 28 November 2018

Labour Weekend at the Zoo
Zoo News - Posted 19 October 2018

The BUSIT Treasure Hunt at the Zoo!
Zoo News - Posted 26 September 2018

Hamilton Zoo closed Tuesday 25 September
Zoo News - Posted 19 September 2018

Rhino says no!
Zoo News - Posted 5 September 2018


Archives 2019
Archives 2018
Archives 2017
Archives 2016
Archives 2015
Archives 2014
Archives 2013