Lonely Lilly Starts a Family

In April we wrote about Lonely Lilly, a meerkat without a mate. To aid in her quest for love, the owners of the park she lives in created a website called Meerkat Match. It was through the website that Lilly met the meerkat of her dreams, Mr. Darcy.

It must have been love at first sight because Lilly is now the proud mother of four!

Meerkat Looks for Love Online

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.

Read more about this story at UPI.com.

Read more about meerkats at Animal Fact Guide.

Baby Meerkats at Sydney Zoo


(Photos: Rick Stevens/Associated Press)

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.