The Zoo is home to two sister meerkats (Millie and Susie B), three brothers (Tracker, Lookout and Malik) as well a new pup born here at the Zoo in 2011, Frankie. The brothers were born in 2006 and came here in February of 2008 from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Susie B. was born in 2001 and Millie was born in 2002. Both came to us from the Cameron Park Zoo in August of 2007. The meerkats are quite active during the day and like to stand and watch their surroundings.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. While meerkats help control pests that destroy crops, they, too, are considered pests because of the burrows they construct and the fact that they are carriers of disease for domestic animals.
Meerkats are found in areas of open savannah and open plains in southern Africa and the Kalahari Desert.
Meerkats eat mostly insects and arachnids, centipedes and millipedes, but also eat small reptiles, eggs and plant material.