The Meerkats live in a large pit type enclosure
and have access to natural sunlight.
The enclosure has number of shelves / differing levels which greatly increases
overall space. The levels are connected via pipes, tubes and runs. The Meerkats use these different levels to stand guard
and watch over their area and beyond. The upper most level is used the most as the look out post from where the Meerkat can
keep an eye open for danger ??. If we enter the enclosure area the sentry will give out a call and they all run to the nesting
area until they are reasured it is us that have entered the area.
Again as with the Mongoose the Meerkats use all
of the areas and tubes to run and play.
The Meerkats also have a nesting / bed area that is only accessed via a
tube and again to try and simulate a natural burrow / tunnel system. The tube into the nest is at a slight incline again to
try and replicate a wild entrance. Obviously it is not as good as a natural burrow system but anything we can do to try and
simulate as best we can a natural system can only help.