Mobs of Meerkats Set to Arrive at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo
Two mobs of meerkats are getting ready to travel to their new permanent home at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (Zoo). The meerkat families are packing their tiny suitcases and getting ready to take over the space formerly occupied by the Komodo dragons. The new exhibit will officially open to the public on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
“The addition of the meerkats provides a great opportunity for us to bring some exciting new animals to Saskatoon, allowing visitors of all ages to meet meerkats, potentially for the first time. This is a great way to enhance our learning opportunities at the Zoo,” says Tim Sinclair-Smith, Zoo Manager.
Meerkats are very active and sociable animals that live in groups knowns as mobs. The average mob size is around 10 to 15 individuals and may consist of up to three families living together. Meerkats have gray and brown coloured coats of fur with dark patches around their eyes. They also have powerful claws for digging and their pointed snouts help them to excavate prey from narrow trenches. Meerkats are native to southern Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. They typically live in dry, open plains, savannas, and grasslands.
Sinclair-Smith says, “Besides being irresistibly cute, two of the meerkats have been trained for interactive presentations and we are looking forward to bringing this unique type of educational programming to Saskatoon.”
The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the end of April, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting in May. Additional information regarding the Zoo can be found at saskatoon.ca/zoo.