May 2023 Life History File

Lazuli Sigma VLF230
Photo by Laura Salamone-Maiden

An article on solo dominants is presented in this month’s Meerkatter.  Current solo dominants

Runaways Bigwig VMPF022
Photo by Laura Salamone-Maiden

(those without partners) include Elrond Council dominant female Snoop Kat (VECF039), Zulus Spruddel (VZUF028), Vetkoeks Mooncake (VHMF053) and Runaways dominant male Shiraz (VJXM122).

On a sad note, May brought the loss of two dominant females. Lazuli’s Sigma (VLF230) suffered a bite to the head by a puff adder and succumbed overnight.  Runaways Bigwig (VMPF022) fell victim to some kind of a terrestrial predator.

Whiskers Cricket VWM270
Photo by Laura Salamone-Maiden

Whiskers also lost sub-adult subordinate female Thunderbird (VWF261) to a puff adder bite and pup Cricket (VWM270) to unknown circumstances.

The life and times of Hakuna Matata-born Shandy (VHMM023) is highlighted in the May Meerkatter.  Known as ‘Randy Shandy’ in Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty, this little meerkat got around! Dominant male of the short-lived Near Death Experience group, Shandy passed away in May from tuberculosis.

Whiskers Thunderbird VWF261
Photo by Laura Salamone-Maiden

Click here for the May 2023 Meerkatter.

Find the May 2023 Life History Chart here.

For the May Group Territories Map Click here.

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