Animal Exhibits

See our meerkat exhibit right next to The Burrow Café

These adorable animals originate from the grassland and deserts in the southern area of the African continent.

Meerkats are extremely social animals who live together in burrows, which they dig with their long, sharp claws.

A family group of meerkats can be called a ‘mob’, ‘gang’ or ‘clan’. These groups usually contain around 20 meerkats, but sometimes have as many as 50!

Meerkat Encounter

Get up close and personal with our Meerkats and experience their inquisitive nature in an interactive behind the scenes encounter experience!

A portion of proceeds from every Meerkat Encounter will be donated to Paradise Country’s Save a Mate’ conservation campaign, proudly supported by the Sea World Foundation.

Animal Encounter

Up to 20 minute interactive and educational experience

1:00pm Daily

$65 per person or $115 for two people

1 x 6x8 printed photo of your encounter

Children under 8 years are not permitted. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 years must be accompanied by a participating adult 18+

Participants must wear enclosed footwear

Small group session (maximum 4 people per encounter)

Meerkat Memoirs

Meet Aya
Meet Aya
Born: 2015
Sex: Female

Mum Aya, the glue that holds the little family together! She was born in 2015, and although young, has proven to be an incredible mother, having successfully raised several litters of pups. You will often find Aya taking the role of ‘lookout’ more often than not, ensuring her little family are safe from predators like eagles, from above.

 Meet Sarabi
Meet Sarabi
Born: 2019
Sex: Female

Sarabi – the big sister! Aya’s eldest daughter, born in 2019 is one of the more dominant and active members of the family. She is bold and confident in nature and is often the first one in the family to investigate new objects and scenarios. Sarabi is an excellent back-up lookout for her mum and helps keep a firm eye on her little sisters.

Meet Twins Keeya and Maliah
Meet Twins Keeya and Maliah
Born: 2020
Sex: Female

Keeya and Maliah – the twins! Born in August 2020, this delightful duo are the youngest pups for mum Aya, and make up the rest of the meerkat mob at the zoo. Although they are twins, the pair are easy to distinguish from each other. Keeya is known for her fluffy coat which stands out amongst the rest, whereas Maliah, with her long and slender features, looks a lot like her big sister Sarabi.


Meerkat Exhibit
Meerkat exhibit is located behind the Pigs Playground and next to The new Burrow Café.


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How you can help

Supported by the Sea World Foundation, Paradise Country’s Save a Mate Conservation Campaign helps preserve Australia’s unique and wonderful wildlife. We would greatly appreciate any donation you would be able to make to help us continue this vital work.

Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.


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