The Hoppla were formed in August 2008 by five Lazuli males, led by J. Alfred Prufrock, and five semi-habituated females – possibly evicted Nutters individuals who were not yet ID’ed. All females disappeared, probably due to illnesses, and two wild females then immigrated. The group raised their first litter, but eventually all members developped signs of TB, and the group was declared last seen in July 2009, before they reached fully habituated status. One of their members, Shaka Zulu, was later seen in the company of wild meerkats; the group was habituated as the Zulus.
Hoppla! means as much as Ooops!, in German. They lived North of the riverbed near the Lazuli territory.