Date:October 21, 2020

Miami Zoo Brought Us The Perfect Remedy For Some Smiles — Baby Meerkat Pics

The zoo in Florida, Miami Zoo, is the oldest and fifth-largest in the US. And despite that the zoo has been operating for over 72 years, it never had meerkats born there. Until recently!

“For the first time in its history, meerkats have been born and are being successfully raised at Zoo Miami!  On January 18th, 2020, “Yam Yam,” an 8-year-old female who came to Zoo Miami from Busch Gardens in February of 2012, gave birth to two pups in a secluded area of the meerkat habitat.  Yam Yam shares the habitat with three unrelated brothers named “Gizmo,” “Joe,” and “Diego” that are 6 years old and arrived from the Brevard Zoo in June of 2018.  Anyone of these brothers could be the father and only DNA tests would be able to verify which one.” – wrote Miami Zoo on their website.

Last week, these cute pups opened their eyes and started to discover their surroundings, so Miami Zoo decided to share some of those precious moments with the rest of us. Now, let’s see some of these heartwarming pics, and put some smiles on our faces.


Image credits: zoomiami


Image credits: zoomiami


Image credits: zoomiami

Meerkats are mammals, habitats of deserts and they specifically can be found in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. These mongooses are social animals. This is in the contest of them being in groups rather than acting as individuals. Each of them plays a role in the group they participate in, from participates in gathering food, keeping a lookout for predators and taking care of the babies.

A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan contains three meerkats and some super-families have up to 40 or more members. Meerkat’s average life span is from 12 to 14 years old, and most of their life is spent in the wild.


Image credits: zoomiami


Image credits: zoomiami


Image credits: zoomiami


Image credits: zoomiami

Miami Zoo also shared a few snaps taken on their live-stream camera, and you can check it here.


Image credits: zoomiami


Image credits: zoomiami

People who came across the shared post fell instantly in love with these cute mammals.

More info: Miami Zoo / Facebook

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