Video: Natureland in Skegness welcomes meerkat family into its merry menagerie

A MOB of meerkats is set to wow crowds at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness after the popular attraction welcomed three of the cuddly critters to their new home on Thursday.

The trio are sure to prove incredibly popular with visitors and fans of meerkats and the ‘Compare the Market’ adverts.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness has welcomed a family of meerkats into its mammalian menagerie. Two fo the cuddily critters are pictured shortly after their arrival on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Picture by Amy Gallivan.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness has welcomed a family of meerkats into its mammalian menagerie. Two fo the cuddily critters are pictured shortly after their arrival on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Picture by Amy Gallivan.

The meerkats have been given their own habitat area, and it is hoped they will be released into it on Saturday, when the public will get their first chance to glimpse the trio.

The former bird aviary, home to the budgies and cockatoos, has been demolished and relocated to a new spot, creating space for the meerkat enclosure.

Meerkats are naturally inquisitive creatures which like to perch on high ground and so the purpose built enclosure will provide plenty of tall structures for them to climb.

There will also be a viewing window enabling visitors to get up close to the fascinating creatures and a winter shelter to keep the mammals, normally found in Africa’s Kalahari Desert out of the cold.

At full capacity the enclosure will accommodate up to 15 meerkats but as they are very social creatures with structured hierarchies, Natureland decided it would be better to allow a family to establish itself from scratch rather than relocate an existing mob in its entirety.

The three meerkats who have arrived are already at breeding age.

It is hoped they will double their numbers in under a year, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to compare the meerkats with their fictional relatives from Meerkovo.