Meerkat’s mad moment

Weeeeeeee, look at this! I’m now curled up so tightly people will think I’m a hedgehog!

It’s a bit manic at the moment in the meerkat enclosure as there are three new pups grabbing all the limelight.


I don’t really mind, but it’s not fair when all the visitors want to see are babies – however, I’m sure this little trick will guarantee a few photographs!

A keeper’s job is NEVER done . . .

How long does it take a DZG keeper to rake over the sand in the meerkat enclosure?

A lot longer than it takes for the inquisitive creatures to dig it all out again!

The enclosure is regularly raked over a few times a week, but no sooner have keepers finished then the 11-strong mob start wrecking their hard work!

Senior Keeper, Laura Robbins, said: “It takes us about an hour to smooth everything over, so it’s a bit disheartening to see them destroy it all within minutes, but it’s great enrichment for them to dig it back up.”

Meerkats live in underground burrows and although there are a few manmade burrows in the enclosure, they dig the majority themselves.