Meerkat mom Cashew gave birth to three pups at Brevard Zoo on December 4. Each was born with its eyes and ears closed and weighed approximately one ounce. The little ones, whose sexes are unknown at this time, are living behind the scenes with Cashew, father Kirabo and several other adults; this group is one of three meerkat “mobs” managed by the Zoo’s animal care team. This mob may move to a public-facing habitat in January. Zoo fans can vote on the pups’ names right here.
Meerkats are highly social carnivores native to the deserts of southwest Africa. Their diet includes insects, scorpions, lizards and fruit.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
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