Meerkat exhibit at Port Lympne 27/11/09
The Meerkat enclosure was home to Ratel at the time of my first visit. While Howletts has stuck with the monkeys-cats-gorillas-elephants-and-a-few-specific-ungulates Aspinall specialisation fairly closely, Port Lympne has been clearly moved to more general collection footing. As such, Port Lympne now has Meerkats, coatis, Red Pandas, crested porcupines, Giraffes, zebras and even (with the sifaka) Ring-tailed Lemurs. Not the most Aspinall-y of species. The Meerkats in particular they seem almost ashamed of, and they are tucked away in this obscure corner.