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Meerkat adoption in a box
Durrell has produced the perfect gift that also allows you to help the Trust to save species from extinction. You can adopt Kate the meerkat who is the breeding female in the group of meerkats living in Discovery Desert at Durrell’s headquarters in Trinity. Kate’s species, whilst not itself greatly endangered in the wild acts, as a model species to give Durrell valuable insights into the habits and requirements of the highly endangered narrow striped mongoose. Wild mongooses are now benefiting from this ongoing research, conservation action and community education programmes, along with other threatened species found in the same region of Madagascar
Your adoption comes in a beautifully illustrated gift box and includes:
- Picture of your adopted meerkat
- Meerkat soft toy
- Adoption certificate
- Durrell car sticker
- Information on meerkats in the wild and at Durrell
- A reply-paid card to register for Durrell's 'on the edge' biannual newsletter and weekly email updates.
- Other adoption boxes available in the series are Jaya the orangutan and Kishka the gorilla.
For information on other animals available for adoption at Durrell, click here
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Kate is one of the latest pair of meerkats to be featured in Durrell’s adoption scheme. She is a dainty individual with particularly attractive features. The caddish Alexander Orlov would most definitely show an interest in her.
Slender tailed meerkat profile
The slender tailed meerkat is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a ‘mob’, ‘gang’ or ‘clan’. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span of 12-14 years.
Its tail is not bushy like all other mongoose species, but is rather long and thin and tapers to a black or reddish coloured pointed tip. The meerkat uses its tail to balance when standing upright. Its face tapers, coming to a point at the nose, which is brown. The eyes always have black patches around them and it has small black crescent-shaped ears that can close to exclude soil when digging. Like cats, meerkats have binocular vision, a large peripheral range, depth perception, and eyes on the front of their faces.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a member of the Association of Jersey Charities, membership number 69. Patron: HRH The Princess Royal. Founder: Gerald Durrell, OBE, LHD. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - UK is registered in England and Wales. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered charity number: 1121989. Registered company number: 6448493. Registered office: c/o Ogier, 41 Lothbury, London, EC2R 7HF