Animal keepers at the Small Mammal House arrived early May 10 to a meerkat surprise. After an 11-week pregnancy, first-time mother Sadie, age 5, had given birth to three tiny meerkats overnight!
Animal care staff describe each of the three baby meerkats—which weigh about one ounce (30 grams) at birth— as sociable, energetic and inquisitive. The arrival of these pups marks the first meerkat births at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute since 2007.
Native to the plains and grasslands of southern Africa, meerkats are members of the mongoose family. They are social animals that live in groups called mobs.
Visitors can see the Zoo’s entire meerkat mob, which also includes Sadie’s sister, Stella, and the pups’ father, Frankie, at the Small Mammal House.
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