Two baby meerkats have been born at the award-winning Drusillas Park in Alfriston and are starting to explore the world above ground level.
The meerkats have always been a popular attraction at the zoo and the two latest burrowers have been delighting visitors and making excellent progress since their arrival.
Mum, Trixie and Dad, Frank welcomed the twins on 28 May keeping the youngsters closely protected for the first few weeks. They have now started to leave the den alongside the 9 other family members of the group, with a babysitter supervising them at all times.
Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new arrivals. Our visitors really love to see the baby meerkats playing and enjoying the sunshine, when the British summer allows it.”
“We do not know the sex of the babies and they have not yet been named but we will be asking people to put forward their suggestions via our Facebook page shortly, so keep an eye out for that.”
Meerkats are very social creatures, living in complex underground burrows in highly organised groups. Only one pair of meerkats will breed within a mob, giving birth to two to five young at a time. However, all the members of the group will help to look after the youngsters and share the responsibility of raising the pups.
In the wild, meerkats are native to south-west Africa and are members of the mongoose family. They have long been a favourite at Drusillas so revellers to the zoo have been delighted by the antics of the two tiny additions.