Perth Zoo has three new residents. These super-cute meerkat kits were born on February 15 and are just starting to explore their home in the Zoo’s African Savannah.
The trio kept to their nest box for the first three weeks but recently began venturing out and playing with the adults and older siblings in their 13-strong meerkat clan.
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“All of the adult males in the group have been helping mum, Tilly, by sharing the babysitting duties,” Perth Zoo exotics keeper Kaelene McKay said.
“The sex of the kits will be determined at their first health check and vaccination next month.
“The kits are absolutely gorgeous and it’s a real treat to watch them playing together.”
Perth Zoo has two meerkat colonies in its African Savannah.
Found in southern African, meerkats are members of the Mongoose family. They are extremely social animals but are highly territorial and will fiercely defend their home from other meerkat mobs.
In the wild, appointed meerkat sentries keep a look-out for predators while other group members forage for food.
The sentries stand on their hind legs to get a good view of approaching predators and when a threat is spotted, the sentries let out an alarm call and the group dives into its burrow.