Other lost groups

The Incas

The Incas

There is a number of groups that never made it to the Life History file, for various reasons. Data on them can still be found in other KMP files. Here is a brief overview:

  • Harley (1997/98): A group including Isis females, VVM002 and wild meerkats, never habituated.
  • Hobo (1997): The initial name given to the group of evicted Young Ones females who then formed Frisky.
  • Incas (2007): The name given to the group of Whiskers rovers led by Zaphod who then joined the Aztecs.
  • Jungle (-1995): A composition group about which not much is known.
  • Kakoo (1993?): A group that was lost to disease before they were fully habituated.
  • Mixed Pickle (1996): A group that disappeared before they were habituated.
  • Nutty (1996): A fairly large group that was lost, probably due to a faulty collar, before they were fully habituated.
  • Old Phantoms (1998): Three ex Phantoms females, one Griffin male and three juveniles were seen in 1998, but not followed.
  • Red (-1994): A composition group about which not much is known.
  • Riffraff (1998): A Lazuli splinter.
  • Shifty (-1994): A composition group about which not much is known.
  • Taurus (1996): A very large group that disappeared before they were fully habituated.
  • Unicorn (1996): A group that was not found again after it was named.
  • UV (2006): A group of evicted Vivian females that was not followed.

Zion (Z) 1993

Zion was the first group to be habituated in the then new Kuruman River Reserve. But soon after the family members accepted researchers to walk with them while foraging, the group splintered. One part died of a disease, while the other combined with wild animals, requiring habituation to be re-established. This new group was named Quantum.

Zappa (ZZ) 2001-2008



Zappa started in 2001 when Bettik, an Elveera female, and Mack, a Drie Doring male, combined to form a rapidly growing extremely attractive group. After the death of Mack, Young Ones’ Glufs took his place. Both died of disease, and Lola, a young Zappa female, subsequently established dominance, only to be ousted by her sister Punk. Zappa saw a succession of natal dominant males, in the absence of any non-natal male. However, wild rovers successfully immigrated into the group. In August 2008 Punk was taken by a Martial Eagle, and her niece Milla assumed dominance, with Withnail the dominant male. Milla soon succumbed to an injury possibly inflicted by a snake, and Katesa took over dominance. However, all males left the group to join wild females, in November 2008, and the remaining Zappa females migrated even further away from the farm, making further observation unfeasible.

Zappa were the Westernmost group the KMP observed, living Southwest of Elveera on the Heights farm. They were featured in Meerkat Manor Season 3.

The Zappa are available as a Friends group.

Young Ones (Y) 1995-2008

Young Ones, 2005

Young Ones, 2005

Young Ones belonged to the old groups. They were founded by Morgause and her sister Igraine, the two Avatar females, who teamed up with Drie Doring males in 1995. Morgause took charge of Young Ones until she died in 2004, while Igraine moved to found Frisky. Morgause’s offspring were exceptionally successful – for an explanation of why see the subordinate male Grog in Commandos who was Morgause’s last son: he was enormously big! Morgause’s sons and daughters were numerous, and became dominants of Young Ones, Commandos, Vivian. The name of Young Ones comes from a British student sitcom in the 1980ies with the same name.

Young Ones’ dominant female then was Morgause’s daughter, Asterix, until her  disappearing. She was never very prolific, but very effective in evicting her competition. The dominant male Alexander, a Vivian, recovered from a snake bite and reestablished dominance, but was found dead, after he and his sons were ousted by wild males. Two of his sons became frequent rovers at the Whiskers and Aztecs.

Young Ones lived in the region West of the farmhouse – and were in walking distance to the farmhouse. The researchers were unable to track the main group after November 2007, so they presumably left the monitored area. The group consisted of two habituated females, and four wild males, when they dispersed.

The Young Ones are available as a Friends group, together with Avatar.