The ten mischievous meerkats at Drusillas Park have mailed their wish lists off to the North Pole in the hope that Santa will bring a sleigh-full of festive treats to the award-winning zoo in Alfriston this Christmas.
The slender tailed meerkats revelled with excitement as the keepers presented them with their very own wooden mailbox.
The special delivery was given as part of the zoo’s daily programme to stimulate the animals. Meerkats are very curious creatures and enjoy exploring new and unfamiliar objects. They investigated the unusual offering with great enthusiasm, before posting their letters safely inside.
A selection of novelty nibbles was the top request amongst the group this Christmas. Meerkats enjoy a varied diet of both plants and animals with cockroaches, snails and boiled eggs all receiving a first class response on their must-have list of 2016.
However, in preference to a customary orange, the meerkats requested that their own stockings were stuffed with a generous helping of grapes this Noel. Monkey nuts are also a firm favourite and always receive a cracking reaction.
Christmas is a time for families and meerkats like nothing better than being together. They are incredibly sociable animals and live in large organised gangs of up to 30 individuals. Each meerkat has a specific role, with some looking after the young, while others forage or keep look out.
Paws crossed, Santa will receive the meerkats’ wish lists and a little taste of Christmas will be served up to the whole family at Drusillas on 25 December.