Win sa­fari park pass

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES -

Thanks to a cer­tain ad­vert, most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with meerkats.

But this is def­i­nitely one lit­tle mon­goose that is any­thing but sim­ples.

Meerkat bur­rows can range from just a few holes to a com­pli­cated labyrinth 30 me­ters across with 90 en­trances.

The meerkats at Blair Drum­mond Sa­fari Park live in a spe­cialised en­clo­sure in the sa­fari walk sec­tion of the park and vis­i­tors can get a per­fect view of these mis­chievous and com­i­cal an­i­mals groom­ing, bur­row­ing and bask­ing in the sun.

Closer en­coun­ters are avail­able on the Meerkat Ex­pe­ri­ence, which can be booked through the Blair Drum­mond web­site and of­fers en­thu­si­asts the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter the en­clo­sure and to feed and han­dle these beau­ti­ful crea­tures.

Keeper Heleen Wilkes said:“Meerkats live in groups of­ten re­ferred to as a mob or mafia.

“At least one mem­ber of the group will act as a sen­try and they use their tail as a tri­pod to help them stand on their hind legs and scan for preda­tors.

“Meerkats have stripes on their back which are unique to each in­di­vid­ual, much like a hu­man’s fin­ger­prints, and the dark colour around their eyes acts like a built-in pair of sun­glasses, of­fer­ing pro­tec­tion from the glare of the sun.”

The Stirling Ob­server has teamed up with Blair Drum­mond Sa­fari Park again this sea­son to of­fer the chance of win­ning a fam­ily pass ev­ery week.

For a chance to win just an­swer this ques­tion: What does the meerkat use to help it bal­ance on its hind legs?

Send your an­swers along with your name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber to: Sa­fari Park Com­pe­ti­tion, Stirling Ob­server, 34 Up­per Craigs, Stirling, FK8 2DW. Usual Trin­ity Mir­ror rules ap­ply. The dead­line is Mon­day, Septem­ber 18, at 4pm.

On the look­out Meerkats at Blair Drum­mond

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