It's been a very busy time for our new meerkats. Their first visitors, in the form of zoo staff, got a sneak peek of them a few days before the meerkats were set to debut to the public. The meerkats took well to the crowd and spent just as much time looking back at all of us as we spent watching them.
The other fun, new feature is a faux wildebeest skull. The first day they got it they completely excavated it and explored every nook and cranny. I just hope our young visitors understand that it is an artificial skull and that the meerkats had nothing to do with its demise!
Over this past weekend, the exhibit was officially opened to zoo guests. As crowds gathered around the window, the one word I could hear over and over again was “CUTE!” I reminded many of the visitors I encountered that the meerkats are not just cute, but meerkute—and all the fascinating things that make them amazing to watch, like their social structure, and their burrowing and digging behaviors. But don’t take my word for it. Come see them for yourself now that the exhibit is open. You can even chat with the meerkat keepers if you stop by one of our weekend chats at 2:30 p.m. this summer.
Photos by Hannah Letinich/Woodland Park Zoo.