Earlier in 2015, Kalahari Trails Nature Reserve, near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, was awarded Sanctuary status for meerkats by Northern Cape Nature Conservation. It is now the home of ten orphans, problem animals and those confiscated for cruelty which have been rehabilitated. At Kalahari Trails they are free to come and go as they like and to interact with the wild meerkats living on the Reserve and have formed their own breeding family group. The team at Kalahari Trails have learnt from Prof. Anne Rasa, who has been working with social mongoose species for 45 years. They know how to calm and integrate new arrivals into the existing group and arrange for their veterinary treatment when this is necessary.
Each meerkat has its own distinct personality. Meet a few of them here: