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Habitat

Meerkats live in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola and in South Africa.

Wild Diet

Scorpions, beetles, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, worms, crickets, small mammals, small reptiles, birds, eggs, tubers and roots.

Behaviour

Meerkats are a type of mongoose. A group of meerkats, usually five to thirty members, is called a "mob" or a "gang”. They are very territorial and will fiercely defend their home from other meerkat gangs. When feeding, one member of the group acts as a sentry watching out for predators. They communicate by sound using a variety of calls to signal certain situations such as being lost, alarm calls, pup feeding, guarding and foraging calls.

Breeding

The female has 2 to 5 young, usually once a year, after a gestation period of 11 weeks.

How do I adopt a meerkat?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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