Brevard Zoo Welcomes Three Meerkat Babies
By Space Coast Daily // March 24, 2015
average life span of Meerkats is 12–14 years
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Spring has sprung, and the Brevard Zoo has babies everywhere.
Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa.
A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members.
In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.
Meerkats are small burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day, except to avoid the heat of the afternoon.
They are very social, living in colonies. Animals in the same group groom each other regularly.
The alpha pair often scent-mark subordinates of the group to express their authority.
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BELOW VIDEO: Spring has sprung, and the Brevard Zoo has babies everywhere. The most recent sighting was at Meerkat Hamlet in Expedition Africa when three pups emerged from their burrow.