Published April 25, 2018 | Animals, Wildlife

This week, we bring you some exciting news!

The Bali Safari team has welcomed a cheerful mob of meerkats into our safari family. But before we hop straight into the show, let’s give the spotlight to these adorable mammals.

Luckily, our press team bagged a front row seat to have a chat with them!

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Meet the Meerkat Mob

You’ll most likely find us in South African plains or, in your case, here at Bali Safari Park (lucky you!).

We are small mammals who are part of the mongoose family. Our name comes from the Afrikaans, a Dutch population of South Africa – bet you didn’t know that about us!

Adult meerkats can grow about a foot tall and weigh no more than three pounds, hence the ‘small mammal’ title we get.

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We love munching on insects, lizards, rats, birds, scorpions (as we are immune to their venom), roots and bulbs.

We are iconic for one thing: standing upright on our hind legs turning our head from side to side. Surely you’ve seen us do this on TV commercials many times?

We are social animals. We love being around each other! We live, work, and play in small groups and our communities are made up of small families. We hunt for food in these groups, but we feast alone.

We prefer residing in cool burrows that protect us from the scorching sun in Africa, but our coats prevent us from overheating. We also have a dark band around our eyes which diminishes the sun glare and helps us see bird predators (hawks and eagles) coming down from on high. At night, we rely wholly on our perfect eyesight.

Do you want to be one of the meerkat mob? Come and join our new animal encounter at Bali Safari Park. We offer a new experience to allow you to get closer with these amazing animals. During this encounter, the keeper will guide you inside the exhibit to allow you to sit with and feed these curious and playful animals.

The meerkat encounter happens every day at 09.30 and 14.00 at our amazing meerkat exhibit located right next to our award-winning Tsavo Lion Restaurant.

The cost is IDR 200,000 per slot, with up to three people per slot. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

We only open 10 slots every day! So don’t miss it.

Bali Safari Park offers you a selection of jam-packed packages to suit your individual needs! Book now to start your Safari adventure.