After more than twenty years, three meerkats have been born at Amersfoort Zoo.
“A very special moment, because a meerkat birth is no easy feat,” explains animal caretaker Marc Belt.
“Before meerkats form a love couple, they have to like each other very much. After two decades there is a match between a male and a female and that now results in three youngsters that are doing very well.”
These African predators have been living in the zoo for many years, but births have been delayed for a long time.
Meerkats are choosy in choosing their love partner.
There has to be a strong click between the two before they end up on a pink cloud.”
A pregnancy lasts about 2.5 months in these animals.
“At birth, the young are initially still blind, deaf and bald. After about ten days their eyes and ears open and they explore the world. When mom goes looking for food, the rest of the group babysits; they are very caring animals”, says Marc.
The birth of these three meerkats gives hope. Marc: “Love is in the air, so maybe we can expect more births soon.
Hopefully the park will be able to open its gates again on 11 May and visitors can come for a maternity visit in Amersfoort Zoo .
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