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The Miami Zoo Shared Photos Of Their New Baby Meerkats and It Is Cuteness Overload

OMG!! I have always considered Meerkats to be super cute, but I never realized how adorable they are as pups!!

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‘Yam Yam’ the female Meerkat has called the Miami Zoo her home since February of 2012 and was all by her lonesome for 6 years.

Until June of 2018; when she was pleasantly surprised by three unrelated brothers joining her exhibit!

The males’ names are ‘Gizmo’, ‘Joe’, and ‘Diego’ are 6 years old. They were transferred from the Brevard Zoo and the four have been best buds ever since!

Ron Magill

On January 18th, 2020 the gang got a bit bigger when ‘Yam Yam’ gave birth to two pups in her cozy little den! Now, these little cuties get to call The Miami Zoo their home as well!

So… we aren’t exactly super who the baby daddy is, and only a DNA test would tell for sure. But thankfully ‘Gizmo’, ‘Joe’, and “Diego’ have all decided to pitch in and help ‘Yam Yam’ raise these curious pups!

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As you can see in the photo above, ‘Yam Yam’ is a great mama!

She is the first to successfully birth and raise Meerkat pups at the Miami Zoo! She is such an awesome mama that the zoo has taken a hands-off approach and allowed her and her brothers to raise the pups without human intervention.

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For the first time in its history, meerkats have been born and are being successfully raised at Zoo Miami! On January 18th, “Yam Yam,” an 8 year old female who came to Zoo Miami from Busch Gardens in February of 2012, gave birth to two pups in a secluded area of the meerkat habitat. Yam Yam shares the habitat with three unrelated brothers named “Gizmo,” “Joe,” and “Diego” that are 6 years old and arrived from the Brevard Zoo in June of 2018. Any one of these brothers could be the father and only DNA tests would be able to verify which one. Since their birth, Yam Yam and the brothers have worked cooperatively to care for the newborns which are born helpless and blind. Zoo staff had a hands-off approach to allow the group to properly bond with the infants and created barriers in front of the public side of the exhibit to minimize any disturbances that may cause excess stress on the new family and lead to abandonment of the babies. Last week, the pups opened their eyes and have recently been observed exploring around the den, gradually moving further and further out into the habitat. Interested parties can go to Zoo Miami’s website,, and click onto the meerkat webcam to try to catch a glimpse of the babies as they continue to expand their exploration within the habitat. Meerkats are a common omnivore from the mongoose family that are found in desert and other arid environments of Southern Africa. Made famous by the Disney character, “Timon,” from The Lion King, meerkats have become an extremely popular animal, especially with children. Known for their habit of having a sentinel standing on its hind legs looking out for potential danger from predators such as snakes, birds of prey and jackals, these very gregarious animals feed on a wide variety of invertebrates, as well as lizards, small mammals, eggs and fruits. Groups can number as many as 50 individuals and are known as a mob. They are exceptional excavators and will construct a series of tunnels to escape predators as well as the heat of the desert sun. Come visit the Meerkat exhibit within the Critter Connection at Zoo Miami and see these new additions! 📸: @ronmagillconservation

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The pups opened their eyes at the beginning of February and have just recently celebrated their first month of being in this world!

The Miami Zoo even has a live stream webcam which you can click HERE to see and you may even get a surprise glimpse of a Fennec Fox!

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