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BBCtwo's Natural World: Meerkats - Secrets of an Animal Superstar


It's finally here, the latest documentary about the KMP meerkats! But not only them...

Meerkat pups Squirt and Weeny belong to one of the most famous animal families on the planet, animals that are now stars of screens both big and small. These furry celebrities are also part of the longest running animal behaviour study ever, now in its 20th anniversary year.
David Attenborough tells the full story of the study - from its pioneering days when it was a challenge to even get close to a meerkat, to the very latest revelations about these animals and their complex lives. For Squirt and Weeny, the study means very little, as they are facing up to the challenge of a drought and one of the toughest years in their family's history.


Click here for our "Meerkat Superstar Raffle" taking place on 11th/12th October!


Many of our Friends and website visitors come here to learn more about the "actors" behind the superstars of Meerkat Manor or Meerkats 3D/Clan of the Meerkats… And this "behind the scenes" view is exactly what this new BBC documentary shows us!

Filmed by Oxford Scientific Filming (the company behind Meerkat Manor and Meerkats 3D) between September 2012 and April 2013, the film lets us observe littermate sisters Squirt (VKUF067) and Weenie (VKUF068), born 27th September 2012, as they and their family the Kung Fu struggle to face what unfolds to be a most severe drought season. But the docu also follows the humans who follow the meerkats: Prof. Tim Clutton-Brock and Prof. Marta Manser who talk about discoveries big and small; students and volunteers, and last but not least Friends who all give a glimpse into this endeavour that is the Kalahari Meerkat Project.

The hour-long docu premieres on BBCtwo, on 11th October 2013, 9 pm (UK time). Click here for more.

Please check back here in the coming days - there is more to come… :-)

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Natural World: Meerkats
Swift Ernesto Update
Cuddle, dream, snuggle
2011 Annual LH reports
BBC Planet Earth Live
Meerkats 3D
Zaphod's last rest
Zurich enclosure
2010 Annual LH reports
Zaphod's big day!
Zaphod pictures
Zaphod's 12th Birthday
Meerkats go 3D
Kon'nichiwa Sobukwe
Zaphod's 11th Birthday
Lead the Meerkats!
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Grumpy's birthday
Chico's Dream
Zaphod's birthday
MM book - paperback
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Marta Manser documentary
Meerkat Manor movie
Exhibition/book signing
Meerkat Manor book
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Filming Tim Clutton-Brock at Lazuli

Squirt and Weenie with a helper (Photo: OSF)

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