Meerkat triplets!

It seems three’s a charm for our ever-growing Meerkat mob, with Minie and Swazi welcoming their third littler for 2017  – triplets!

Born on Christmas Eve, the week-old pups are the third litter born to parents Minie and Swazi.

In July, the new parents welcomed their first pups, a litter of five, and the family grew again in October with the arrival of another three pups.

The older pups have been very interactive with their smaller siblings, helping mum and dad out with babysitting duties!

The sex of the newest pups will be confirmed in a few months’ time when they receive their first check-up and vaccinations. Meerkat pups huddle together.

Visitors to Adelaide Zoo will start to see the tiny triplets in their habitat in front of the Giraffe for short periods each day, as they grow in confidence and start to explore the outside world.

Adelaide Zoo is proud to have bred more than 80 Meerkats since 1993.

Meerkats are native to southern Africa and can be found in the Kalahari Desert. They have adapted to living in very harsh conditions and climate, with little water, limited food and many predators.

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