Meerkat pups born at Zoo Miami for first time

Posted at 10:44 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 10:44:21-05

MIAMI — Zoo Miami says for the first time in its history, meerkats have been born and are being successfully raised at their facility.

Spokesman Ron Magill said on Jan. 18, “Yam Yam,” an 8-year-old female, gave birth to two pups in a secluded area of the meerkat habitat.

Magill said since the birth of the pups, "Yam Yam" and the brothers have worked cooperatively to care for the newborns, which are born helpless and blind.

Zoo staff said last week the pups opened their eyes and are now exploring around their den and other areas of the habitat.


The zoo has a meerkat webcam that allows views to try to catch a glimpse of the babies.

Visitors can see the meerkat exhibit within the Critter Connection at the zoo.

Zoo Miami is the oldest and largest zoo in Florida, and the fifth largest in the United States.