If online dating works for humans, why not for meerkats? That’s the plan for the owners of the Twinlakes Family Theme Park in Leicestershire, England. They wanted a companion for their female meerkat Lilly, whose prospects for a male companion fell through shortly after her arrival at the park.
The owners worried that Lilly would become lonely because meerkats are social animals. So, the set up a website called Meerkat Match in hopes of finding a suitable mate for her.
The site allows meerkat owners to create a profile and upload photos of their meerkat. The park owners hope that someone who purchased a meerkat as a pet will decide its best to turn him over to the park.
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is now home to baby meerkats Zanzibar and Nairobi, who are the first meerkats born at the zoo in nine years. Although they are only a month old, the pups are already eating solid food. In the video you can see them happily gobbling up some grubs.
For more info about Zanzibar and Nairobi, see LA Times.
To learn more about meerkats in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Meerkat.