The Zoo is home to four meerkats; one female, Millie, and three males, Lookout, Tracker and Malik. Millie was born in 2002 and came to the Zoo in 2007, while the three males were born in 2006 and came to the Zoo in 2008. The meerkats are quite active during the day and like to stand and watch their surroundings
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. While meerkats help control pests that destroy crops, they, too, are considered pests because of the burrows they construct and the fact that they are carriers of disease for domestic animals.
Meerkats are found in areas of open savannah and open plains in southern Africa and the Kalahari Desert.
Meerkats eat mostly insects and arachnids, centipedes and millipedes, but also eat small reptiles, eggs and plant material.