March 2, 2018 9:49 am

Mobs of meerkats ready to call Saskatoon home

Meerkats appear to be getting in a heated dispute. The Saskatoon zoo will soon be the permanent home to two mobs of meerkats.

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Two mobs of meerkats will soon call Saskatoon home.

Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo said the two mobs will take over the space that housed the Komodo dragons, who have since been returned home to the Calgary Zoo.

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“The addition of the meerkats provides a great opportunity for us to bring some exciting new animals to Saskatoon, allowing visitors of all ages to meet meerkats, potentially for the first time,” Tim Sinclair-Smith, the manager of the Saskatoon zoo, said in a statement.

“This is a great way to enhance our learning opportunities at the zoo.”

Sinclair-Smith said meerkats are not only cute, they are active and social.

“Besides being irresistibly cute, two of the meerkats have been trained for interactive presentations and we are looking forward to bringing this unique type of educational programming to Saskatoon,” Sinclair-Smith said.

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Meerkats, who are native to southern Africa, live in groups known as mobs. The average mob size is 10 to 15 animals consisting of up to three families.

They have gray and brown coloured coats of fur with dark patches around their eyes, powerful claws for digging, and pointed snouts.

The meerkats will make their public debut on April 1.

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