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Meerkat Suricata suricatta

Animals in our sanctuary

Jafaru
Date of birth
04-07-2013
Date taken in
10-07-2014
Jafaru

Jafaru was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jubuco, Ilom, Bosedu, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Ilom
Date of birth
04-07-2013
Date taken in
10-07-2014
Ilom

Ilom was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jubuco, Jafaru, Bosedu, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Bosedu
Date of birth
31-08-2012
Date taken in
10-07-2014
Bosedu

Bosedu was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Safaripark Beekse Bergen together with Jubuco, Ilom, Jafaru, Bale, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Bale
Date of birth
29-05-2012
Date taken in
10-07-2014
Bale

Bale was brought in on 10/07/2014 via Beekse Bergen Safari Park together with Jubuco, Ilom, Bosedu, Jafaru, Bahari and Nokubongo. The animals were ejected from the group there and could not go anywhere. Beekse Bergen handed over the animals to De Zonnegloed because they knew that they were going to be well cared for.


Brie
Date taken in
28-01-2021
Brie

Brie was discovered in a garden where the animal several times came to eat from the dog food. With the help of an animal friendly trap, Natuurhulpcentrum (BE) was able to catch Brie. When checked, it turned out that he had no chip, so it is likely that Brie escaped or was released by people who were keeping him illegally as a pet.


Where does he feel most at home?

The meerkat lives in southern Africa, in the dry, open savannah.

What's his favourite food?

The menu of the meerkat is very varied. It consists of insects, spiders, scorpions, small birds, snakes, lizards, rodents, eggs, roots and tubers.

Fun fact

Each member of the group has its own task. Only one couple can produce offspring. The other members of the group often help as baby sitters. Another member of the group will keep watch. When there’s danger, he’ll produce an alarm by making a characteristic barking sound.

The skin of the abdomen has a very thin layer of hair and functions as a solar panel: in the morning hours the meerkat warms up by sitting on its back with his belly in the sun. Is it too hot? He’ll lie flat on his stomach in a cool place.

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