Taronga Western Plains Zoo is celebrating the birth of three Meerkats pups which were born on Saturday 24 July 2011.
The pups are in the den with mother, Umi, and father, Mapoto tending to the nest. The subordinate male, Brock, has also taken on the nursing role, caring for the offspring and keeping them warm whilst the Umi and Mapoto venture outside the den for food.
“Umi only arrived from Auckland Zoo in November 2010, so it is very exciting that we have had breeding success not long afterwards,” said Keeper, Simon Husher.
“Umi is an experienced mother and is showing all the right maternal behaviours. We are very happy with the group, as they are working well together to ensure the pups are being properly cared for.”
“The pups will grow up fast reaching full size by about four months of age, so visitors should come out over the next couple of months to see these special new arrivals,” said Simon.
“The Meerkats are a popular animal with visitors and the best time to meet our growing family is at the Meerkat Talk and Feed at 9:50am every day,” said Simon.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s last litter of Meerkats was in 2004 when four pups born, one of which was Mapoto, the father of this new litter.