Meerkats live in one of the world's harshest environments - the desert. Water is scarce, so they rarely drink - instead they find moisture in roots, plants and insects.

Spending time in underground burrows is cooler and provides some protection from predators.

Meerkats have dark bands under their eyes that act like sunglasses and reduce the sun's glare.

They have a unique social dynamic and love to hang out in groups. You will often see our meerkats in their preferred environment - a mischievous mob.

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Meet our mischievous mob of meerkats

Carnivore keeper Ellie shows us how she prepares for meerkat mealtime.