Mika the Meerkat Enjoys Her First Mother’s Day
11th Mar 2013
Mothering Sunday was extra special for Mika the Meerkat, having just given birth to three gorgeous babies at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.
Mika is a slender tailed Meerkat and she gave birth on February 4, 2013. The birth was monitored on a newly installed nest cam as part of our contribution to learning about species.
Zoo Keeper Clare Pearce said, “I’m delighted with the arrival of our new Meerkats, after only getting glimpses of them in the nest on the screen, it’s great to see them outside exploring their new surroundings and entertaining our visitors.” The tiny meerkats had to spend their first month in the nest being closely cared for by proud mum Mika. Now the three babies are big enough to venture outside, having the run of the new meerkat enclosure which was recently built here.
The rest of the meerkat family are all getting involved in raising the youngsters, who are already delighting the public with their comical antics. The new editions to Noah’s Ark can be seen by visitors out in their sandy enclosure. It’s not yet known whether the pups are girls or boys as they’re still very small but mum Mika and Dad Malcolm are clearly proud parents. The meerkat colony at Noah’s Ark is now nine strong; with three adult females, three males and three youngsters living together in a successful unit. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5pm and it’s extremely easy to get to our Bristol zoo as it is only minutes from the M5 motorway. The zoo is closed on Sundays.
For more information about the baby meerkats and the other new editions, please visit http://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/ or phone 01275 852606.