Reprint of an article found in the August Issue of Texas
Parks & Wildlife Magazine
Meerkats in Texas
Fort Worth Zoo Introduces Meerkat Mounds
Most people didn't even know what a meerkat was prior to the release of Disney's animated film _The Lion King_. Thanks to the movie, however, a star has been born.
On August 16, the Fort Worth Zoo will open Meerkat Mounds, which will feature an entire meerkat colony. Visitors to Meerkat Mounds will be able to observe the different roles each meerkat performs as it goes about its daily routines.
Meerkats, a relative of the mongoose, are found exclusively on the semiarid plains of southern Africa. They live in colonies of up to 30 members.
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For information about the Fort Worth Zoo, call 817-871-7000
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