Three Slender-tailed Meerkat kits are out of the den at Australia’s Perth Zoo! Born in September to mom Tilly, the kits have recently opened their eyes and started exploring their habitat.
Tilly is an experienced mother – this is her third litter in the past 12 months.
Meerkat kits grow quickly, and the kits will soon start to eat insects, meat, and vegetables like the adults. In just a few months, they will be the same size as their parents.
Native to southern Africa, Meerkats are extremely social. Living in groups of up to 30 individuals, they forage, hunt, and care for their young as a group. Like many social animals, they have a wide vocal repertoire to communicate alarm, danger, and contentment. One Meerkat is often on sentry duty, standing erect at the burrow entrance on watch for predators and threats.
Meerkats are plentiful in the wild and not under significant threat.
Photo Credit: Perth Zoo