DISCOVERY Desert, the new meerkat enclosure at Durrell wildlife park was officially opened yesterday to the enthusiastic approval of its 23 residents and the public.
As if on cue, the day after the meerkats moved into part of their new home, one of the females produced three young – a sight which will thrill visitors coming to see them in the near future.
The enclosure, which is located in front of the café from where visitors have a view of the meerkat antics, was officially opened by Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur.
Senator Le Sueur is a big fan of this charismatic species. He and his grandchildren Nicole (9), Emma (7) and Ailsa (5) Greenwood cut the ribbons at the opening ceremony and they entered the tunnel to the glass bubble which gives everyone a close-up view of the meerkats in the enclosure.
• Picture: Senator Le Sueur is pictured in the glass bubble, a feature which allows visitors a close up view of the engaging residents’ antics. Picture by Rob Currie (00664863)