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Meerkat Suricata suricatta

Meerkat - De Zonnegloed - Animal park - Animal refuge centre Adopt this Meerkat

Features

Size:
25 - 31 cm
Nutrition:
Insecten, eieren en plantendelen
Weight:
0.7 kg
Age:
10 - 15 jaar/ans/years
Gestation:
2,5 maand/mois/month
Status:
niet bedreigd
Environment:
Droge, open savanne
{$lblHabitat}:
Zuid-Afrika, Botswana, Zimbabwe en Mozambique

Animals in our sanctuary

Jafaru
Date of birth
04-07-2013
Date of arrival
10-07-2014
Jafaru

Jafaru was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jubuco, Ilom, Bosedu, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Ilom
Date of birth
04-07-2013
Date of arrival
10-07-2014
Ilom

Ilom was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jubuco, Jafaru, Bosedu, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Bosedu
Date of birth
31-08-2012
Date of arrival
10-07-2014
Bosedu

Bosedu was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jubuco, Ilom, Jafaru, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Bale
Date of birth
29-05-2012
Date of arrival
10-07-2014
Bale

Bale was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Beekse Bergen Safari Park together with Jubuco, Ilom, Bosedu, Jafaru, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


jubuco
Date of birth
04-07-2013
Date of arrival
10-07-2014
jubuco

Jubuco was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jafaru, Ilom, Bosedu, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Maik
Date of birth
01-01-2013
Date of arrival
04-09-2019
Maik

Maik was kept with a female by a private person. When the (young) owner left on vacation, he brought the couple of meerkats to his 74-year-old grandfather, and never picked them up. When the care of the animals became too heavy for the man, he brought them to Tierheim Worms at Keller Ranch, a rescue center near Frankfurt.

Unfortunately, the female died there and Maik was left alone. The plan to join him there together with the other meerkats did not succeed and they searched for a different solution. Fortunately, they found their way to De Zonnegloed where Maik can now enjoy a new life with the other meerkats.


Where does he feel most at home?

The meerkat lives in southern Africa, in the dry, open savannah.

What's his favourite food?

The menu of the meerkat is very varied. It consists of insects, spiders, scorpions, small birds, snakes, lizards, rodents, eggs, roots and tubers.

Fun fact

Each member of the group has its own task. Only one couple can produce offspring. The other members of the group often help as baby sitters. Another member of the group will keep watch. When there’s danger, he’ll produce an alarm by making a characteristic barking sound.

The skin of the abdomen has a very thin layer of hair and functions as a solar panel: in the morning hours the meerkat warms up by sitting on its back with his belly in the sun. Is it too hot? He’ll lie flat on his stomach in a cool place.

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