Memphis Zoo is thrilled to announce four new additions to its meerkat mob.
The meerkat pups were born on May 24th to parents Chip and Olivia.
The meerkats are located across the from the cheetah exhibit in Cat Country.
Once the pups are out on exhibit, they will begin exploring under the watchful eye of mom and others in the group.
Young meerkats are often leery of birds. Airplanes going over the exhibit will often force the animals into their burrows.
The meerkat pups are part of a Species Survival Plan. Species Survival Plans manage the breeding of a species to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable.
A meerkat is a small mammal that lives in the deserts and grasslands of the southern tip of Africa. It is a member of the mongoose family. They can live in groups as large as 40. Everyone in the mob participates in gathering food, keeping a lookout for predators, and taking care of pups.