Six fluffy bundles of pleasure have arrived at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, with the Zoo’s Meerkat mob welcoming its second litter of pups for 2023.
Mum Midra gave delivery to 6 pups on Wednesday 2nd August, and whereas the pups are but to be sexed or named, keeper Rez Onay stated they’re doing nicely.
“Coming in every morning and seeing the pups, it’s the very best a part of the day,” Rez stated.
“They’re very cute and our important job is watching the behaviour of the household, ensuring everyone seems to be comfortable and nicely and taking care of the brand new arrivals.
“The household is doing an ideal job of taking care of the pups, who’re placing on weight and getting extra lively every day.”
These arrivals deliver the entire variety of meerkats on the Zoo to twenty, together with 14 within the breeding group at The Waterhole. Dad and mom Midra and Howell have their arms full, with 10 pups below six months of age.
“Meerkats can fall pregnant as quickly as one week after giving delivery, or as soon as the pups are weaned at about eight weeks of age, so it’s commonplace for them to offer delivery once more so quickly,” Rez stated.
“It’s actually essential within the meerkat mob for everybody to take turns babysitting; even the 4 pups we had earlier this yr have taken on huge brother and sister roles and are doing an incredible job taking care of everybody, ensuring that Mum and Dad are getting the meals and relaxation that they want.”
The pups can now be seen within the meerkat habitat at The Waterhole, nevertheless the mob is protectively conserving them out of sight whereas they’re so small – weighing simply 70 grams!
“One of the best time to see the pups can be when they’re about 4-5 weeks of age, once they’re just a little bit extra adventurous and exploring their exhibit!”
The Meerkats at Taronga Western Plains Zoo are ambassadors for his or her wild counterparts. Whereas Meerkats are classed as ‘least concern’ by the ICUN, they nonetheless play a significant position in sustaining the ecological concord of their desert houses by consuming an insect wealthy weight loss program.
Images by: Karen James
Autor Andrew Bleiman