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March 21, 2014

Wild Adventures unveils meerkat exhibit

VALDOSTA — The deserts of South Africa and Wild Adventures Theme Park in South Georgia will soon both be home to meerkats as the park announces the opening of a brand-new animal exhibit.

To commemorate the event, the first 1,000 guests through the turnstiles at Wild Adventures on Saturday, March 22, will receive a free “Meerkats Love Me” button.

The new animals, about two pounds each, will be exploring their new habitat for the first time on Saturday morning.

That will also be guests’ first chance to explore the new exhibit.

“Meerkats are known for living in close family units where they work and play together,” Wild Adventures General Manager Molly Deese said. “Not only are they cute as can be, they’re a great metaphor for how we feel about our community, our guests and our team members.”

Best known for their upright stance and non-stop energy, Meerkats work as a team and take turns standing watch over the whole group.

The guarding meerkat, called a sentry, will be seen standing watch on an elevated area in the desert-like exhibit while the rest of the “mob” digs, and looks for food.

Two glass panels will allow guests an up-close view of the meerkats at play just inches away.

Rounding out the new experience are a fun photo opportunity, educational “MeerFacts” signs and interactive keeper talks to help guests learn about their new animal friends.

“We are so excited to introduce meerkats in a habitat where our guests can watch, learn and be entertained by these fascinating little animals,” Deese said.

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