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2014-03-13 12:32:06

WILMINGTON, Ohio, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, celebrates its 20th birthday on March 15, 2014 and part of the festivities will include the grand opening of the "Meerkat Hamlet," a new exhibit in the Exhibition Africa section that houses a multi-generational family of meerkats. Installing a boardwalk made of durable, low maintenance TimberTech® decking was a key component in bringing zoo guests closer to the spunky meerkat action. The new...

Meerkat Study Helps To Understand How Animals Cope With Novel Man-made Threats
2013-02-19 09:56:00

ETH Zurich In their environment, wild animals are exposed to countless threats, be they predators, diseases or natural obstacles to get over, such as gorges or rivers. In the course of evolution, they have developed specific behavioral responses to allow them to deal with these risks. In recent times, numerous man-made threats have been added to the naturally-existing ones, such as dangerous roads to cross. On the evolutionary time scale, it is excluded that the animals have evolved a...

2012-08-09 10:30:50

A novel methodology shows that Wild meerkats engage in nine separate learning processes during foraging, and this method may provide general insight into learning mechanisms for groups of animals and culture development. The full report is published Aug. 8 in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The researchers, led by William Hoppitt of the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, presented wild meerkats with a novel foraging TASK to investigate the animals' learning mechanisms. They...

2011-04-08 03:00:00

LONDON, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The hunt for a UK Ambassador to represent the Meerkat village of Meerkovo was launched today by best selling author and founder of comparethemeerkat.com, Aleksandr Orlov. The six month, home based role will pay 40,000 pounds Sterling, gross, and the successful applicant will become the country's most famous meerkat's first ever, human, UK based Ambassador. The role will be advertised in The Sunday Times, The Times and The Guardian this week with...

2009-06-01 08:00:00

E3 Expo, LOS ANGELES, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- - This new Game Offers a fun and Unique Gameplay Experience for all Animal Lovers of all Ages - Inaria Interactive(R) is a new Game Studio and Committed to Creating Compelling Casual Cross-Platform Games for all Ages and Demographics Inaria Interactive(R) today revealed Lead The Meerkats(TM), the first game to simulate the exciting life of meerkats. By taking advantage of Wii(TM) and its unique and intuitive controllers, the...

2008-10-05 15:00:15

The producer of a wildlife documentary featuring the voice of Paul Newman says the late U.S. actor's final work aired at a French festival. Producer Joe Oppenheimer said "The Meekrats" made its world premiere at the Dinard Film Festival and attendees were able to hear the narration by the famed Hollywood actor recorded nearly a year before his death, the BBC reported Sunday. Oppenheimer said Newman, who died of cancer Sept. 26 at the age of 83, worked hard on the project recorded in...

2008-06-15 00:00:08

Two meerkats pose for the camera yesterday in in their new enclosure at Tropical World in Leeds - in readiness to become stars on the internet. The creatures at the Roundhay Park attraction have been getting used to life in a specially-built home - with everything they would expect in their natural desert habitat, before making their online debut. And, all the action in the expansive toughened glass enclosure will be available for anyone to see - on the Leeds City Council website. The...

2006-07-13 15:45:00

WASHINGTON -- Meerkats actively teach their young how to catch and eat their prey, British researchers said in a study that is one of the first to prove that animals show such complex behavior. While animals are known to learn from one another by watching, the team at Britain's University of Cambridge said they had demonstrated that the animals actually teach, as defined by clear principles. Older meerkats will bite the stinger off a live scorpion and give it to a youngster to kill and eat,...

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2006-07-13 13:45:00

WASHINGTON - It's hardly algebra or physics, but meerkats have been observed actively teaching their young, something not often seen in animals in the wild. While the young of many species learn by observing older members of their group, it's less common for adults to take direct actions with the only goal being teaching. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England observed meerkats gradually introducing cubs to prey, showing them how to handle captured insects and even removing...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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