Win safari park pass
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