Baby / Pup and adult Meerkats at Knockhatch Adventure Park near Hailsham
About these Meerkat photos
These close up photos of extremely cute Meerkats were all taken at Knockhatch Adventure Park. I used to do photography for them and I was invited to go over and see their baby / pup Meerkats a few years ago. I went in expecting all of them to stay away from me and not give me a chance to get very good photos, but they are so friendly and inquisitive, they were all over me!!! The only thing you have to watch it they they do have sharp teeth, I found that out a few times! lol They were not trying to hurt me, just being playful and nibbling on me. I hope that one day I get the chance to go in with the Meerkats again, especially if they have pups, even these photos don’t show just how cute they are!!! Knockhatch is an Adventure park with loads of fun things to do and some great animals to see too, I’d highly recommend going there. They also offer a Meerkat experience which allows you to go in with them the same way I did and get up close to them like this.
The meerkat is a small diurnal herpestid (mongoose) weighing on average about 0.5 to 2.5 kilograms (1.1 to 5.5 lb). Its long slender body and limbs give it a body length of 35 to 50 centimetres (14 to 20 in) and an added tail length of around 25 centimetres (9.8 in). The meerkat uses its tail to balance when standing upright, as well as for signaling. Its face tapers, coming to a point at the nose, which is brown. The eyes always have black patches around them, and they have small black crescent-shaped ears. Like cats, meerkats have binocular vision, their eyes being on the front of their faces.
Baby meerkats do not start foraging for food until they are about 1 month old, and do so by following an older member of the group who acts as the pup's tutor. Meerkats forage in a group with one "sentry" on guard watching for predators while the others search for food. Sentry duty is usually approximately an hour long. The meerkat standing guard makes peeping sounds when all is well.
Location Of Knockhatch Adventure Park
Address: Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham BN27 3GD