Meerkat pup magic!

Anticipating your first meerkat pup sighting is as a rather painstakingly long affair. After all, viewing a habituated group of meerkats is an awesome experience, couple that with a few tiny little helpless balls of fur and I think the stage should be set for magic. The alpha female of all meerkat groups is more than likely the one that will always become pregnant and have the pups. So when we stared seeing the belly grow of the alpha female at Tswalu kalahari our imagination started running and we became increasingly excited anticipating the arrival of the new little additions to the Gosa group.

On the day that they where seen, news travelled like wildfire and every guide was as eager as anything to get a chance to spend some time with them. After exactly 3 ½ weeks of growing into their new little skins underground they emerged into their new world above ground to begin the endless exploration of the Kalahari. With the babysitters and rest of the gang doing a great job at rearing them and teaching them from a very young age that those strange ‘bipedal animals’ are of no danger, we are able to get up close and view them discovering their new life.

days before birthThe Alpha female a few days before giving birth

first pupsMy first ever sighting of meerkat pups

The pups explorationThe tiny pups starting the process of exploration and discovery

meditation timeA young meerkat pup taking a break from playing

backlit pupsSuper curious

curiosityJust a few days old

mother and pupThis shows how tiny they really are

play timePlay time is all the time

the babysitterThe watchful eye of the ‘babysitter’ as the rest of the group go out to forage

protectionThe safe haven of an adults guard

scanning the skiesCuriosity from this pup as he watches crowned lapwing fly by

the lesson

The babysitter doing a sterling job in teaching the pups all about digging and feeding

backlit lookoutCuriosity

Backlit meerkatA backlit sentinel

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