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Meerkat Babies Beyond Compare

17th July 2011

When it comes to comparing Meerkats the new gang at West Midland Safari

Park have come up trumps. Not only are they hugely popular with

visitors for their unusual and skittish behaviour, but they have also

produced three tiny kits that have just emerged from their nest box to

face visitors for the first time.

The kits (or pups as they are sometimes known) are just four weeks old

and thought to weigh no more than around 40 grams each. Nicknamed Alec,

Sydney and Henrik by staff, they are barely 10cms tall and are

gradually making more appearances with their mother in the new exhibit

- Meerkat Mayhem - that is situated in the Park's new African Village.

And, when Mum decides to wander off for a spot of foraging, then Dad is

only too keen to help out and watch the youngsters. See the kits in

action by following the link:

Bob Lawrence, Director of Wildlife, said, "As far as we are all

concerned, our Meerkats are beyond compare and the arrival of the new

kits is an absolute delight. The exhibit has ideal breeding facilities

for Meerkats which no doubt helped Mum to keep the youngsters under

wraps, until the time was right for them to start exploring. It was a

wonderful surprise for their Keepers and visitors are loving them".

Meerkat Mayhem is part of a £1m investment in new attractions that are

being launched during 2011.

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park is open daily, including Bank

Holidays, up to Friday 4th November 2011.

"Meerkat Mayhem" is included as part of the standard admission charge

of £13.99 for adults, £11.99 for children. A family saver ticket costs

£46.76, which admits two adults and two children and offers a 10%

saving on standard admission prices. Admission prices also include a

free return ticket. Amusement rides are charged extra in all cases.

Further information is available from the Park's official website or by telephone 01299 402114.

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