And the winner is…

Our young meerkat triplets have brand new names – thanks to winning suggestions from a six-year-old Dudley girl.

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ABOVE – Ella-May Parsons is the lucky winner of our name the meerkat triplets competition

Eddie, Minky and Matilda were picked out as the favourites in DZG’s naming competition which attracted hundreds of entries.

Ella-May Parsons, who goes to Blanford Mere Primary School in Kingswinford, came up with the names and received a special triple meerkat adoption pack as her prize. 

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Pictured above, Team Leader on the Ungulates Section, Jay Haywood, said: “Eddie, Minky and Matilda sounded like a nice mix of names and really caught my eye as I was selecting a winner from the hundreds of entries.

“We are so grateful to everyone who took part and came up with ideas, the response was overwhelming. It really was a difficult task to filter through the suggestions as so many of them were great.”

Ella-May’s mum Hannah Downing said: “Ella-May is so chuffed. She loves meerkats and came up with these names on her own.

“She has such a vivid imagination for a six-year-old and is such a little character.”

The triplets were born on April 25 and have grown up fast. The picture below, taken by talented amateur photographer and zoo member Steve Weaver, shows them just weeks after birth and now they are almost adult-size.

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Limited edition bonus

In addition to the prize of an adoption certificate, a fact sheet, photo and zoo admission ticket, our new meerkat adopter Ella-May is also taking home a meerkat of her own – on a cushion!

webwinnerWe’ve just had 50 limited edition meerkat cushions made for sale in our Tecton Safari Shop and were delighted to hand one of them over to the lucky six-year-old.

DZG Retail Manager Isobel Blackwell said: “The meerkats are one of our most popular animals at the zoo and we thought we’d put one on a cushion for the summer.

“We already have cushions featuring our Sumatran tigress Daseep, Bornean orangs Benji and Sprout and we’ve recently expanded the range to include a peacock and a flamingo.

“We are only getting 50 of the meerkat design and they go on sale today.”

Manufactured in the UK, the 40cm sq (16ins) luxury cushions are chenille with a plain black twill backing and cost £19.99 each.

Well done Ella-May and many thanks to everyone who joined in!