MEMPHIS, TN – July 30, 2020 – Memphis Zoo announces four new additions to its meerkat mob. The meerkat pups were born on May 24 to parents, Chip and Olivia. The meerkats are located across 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 look out for predators, and taking care of pups.
For more information, visit www.memphiszoo.org.
About Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 4,500 animals representing more than 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top zoos in the country by TripAdvisor® and by USA Today, Memphis Zoo has completed over $118 million in renovations and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibits, such as Once Upon A Farm, The Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le, and the Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
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