May 7, 2021

There’s a new face at Regenstein African Journey! Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of a male meerkat. Sonny arrived from Los Angeles Zoo as recommended by the Meerkat Species Survival Plan® (SSP).

Sonny is 5 years old and weighs about 2.5 pounds. He has been doing well and can be spotted exploring his new habitat. He joins resident female meerkats Queen, Alanis, and Miranda. The females instantly welcomed Sonny, and Animal Care staff have seen all four meerkats spending time eating and resting together.

In the image above, Sonny is on the right. Photo courtesy of Cassy Kutilek.

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family and have long, slender profiles that allow them to easily dig and move through intricate underground tunnel networks. These carnivorous mammals hunt insects, eggs, and very small animals.

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