Animals & Attractions

There are two small groups of meerkats here at Edinburgh Zoo - our females live together in one group while males live in the other.

Our eldest meerkat is a male named Ace. He was born in 2007 and arrived here in Edinburgh in 2012.

You can help feed and care for our meerkats and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • A group of meerkats is called a mob, clan, or gang
  • They are insectivores, but will also eat lizards, scorpions, snakes, spiders, millipedes and centipedes
  • All meerkats have a job within their clan. While most forage for food, some care for the youngsters, and others act as sentries keeping an eye out for danger
  • They can have up to five pups in a single litter. The whole clan will help to look after the young with the other females even producing milk for them

How we're helping

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Find out more about some of our conservation projects.

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