"We look forward to the public returning to the Zoo, so they can see these little pups in person as they explore and dig around in their habitat," said Legato.
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Announcing the expansion of the meerkat mob on Instagram, the Los Angeles Zoo shared a video of the tiny animals stepping out and exploring for the first time.
According to the zoo, a meerkat's gestation period is about 11 weeks, and a typical litter consists of two to five pups. By the time the pups are 2 months old, they'll look like the other adult meerkats. The animals are fed produce, mice, crickets, mealworms, eggs, and insectivore pellets.
Native to deserts and grasslands in Africa, meerkats enjoy the hot L.A. climate, according to the zoo, where they get "plenty of sunshine but not extreme temperatures in either direction."
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