Meerkat kittens born at Newquay Zoo
Published: 10th Aug 2017Newquay Zoo has welcomed four meerkat kittens into the world. Born on 8th May, the three are currently been looked after by the mob in the burrows of their enclosure at the Zoo.
News from Newquay Zoo Meerkat kittens born at Newquay Zoo Newquay Zoo has welcomed four meerkat kittens into the world. Born on 8th May, the three are currently been looked after by the mob in the burrows of their enclosure at the Zoo.
The three kittens have been born into the existing group of 15. Parenting will be a group effort, as would be the case in the wild. Newquay Zoo has been keeping meerkats since 1994; so far there have been 71 kittens born at the Zoo and staff are hopeful that more will be bred in coming years.
The kittens continue to be cared for by the mob. Although visible in the enclosure, the mob protects and guards the young trio, who are often surrounded by the rest of the group. Within the mob there is a dominant male and female, of which the female is the leader. The remainder of the mob, which consists of 9 females and 6 males, are children or siblings of the dominant pair.
Originating in South Western Africa, the main threat to meerkats in the wild are birds of prey. The aerial menace has caused the species to adapt so that a member of the mob is on watch at all times - the behaviour can be seen in zoo meerkats.
Adult meerkats eat mainly insects and small mammals, whereas the kittens currently are being fed on milk from their mother, much like domestic kittens. At nearly three months our kittens are beginning to learn how to hunt, at first being taught by parents to hunt small insects.
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