Did You Know?
All adults in the group help raise baby Cotton-tops, even brothers and sisters.
Meerkats are members of the mongoose family, Herpestidae. Their coats are brown or grey, with reddish spots on their backs. Their tails are tapered with dark tips and they also have distinctive dark patches around their eyes. The front claws are enlarged to allow them to dig the burrows and tunnels in which they live.
Meerkats are highly social, living in groups of up to 30 members. Generally the members of a group are all related. A few members of the group act as sentries while the others are foraging, and these sentries rotate throughout the day. While the group is foraging, the young are left at home with a babysitter.
There are seven meerkats at PPZ. They are very inquisitive and enjoy exploring the boxes and tubes they are given as part of their enrichment. We also cut their food up into small pieces and scatter it around the exhibit so they can spend time searching for it.