The Meerkat Database

Here you can search for any meerkat or group featured on the successful Animal Planet series, "Meerkat Manor"
Plus a whole lot more.

The names used in this database are those assigned by the Kalahari Meerkat Project.
Where possible the names used in Meerkat Manor are given and referred to as their Stage Names.

For an explanation about the meerkats in this database click here.

Custom search for meerkats on the web (all revenue generated from advertising on this site will be donated to the Kalahari Meerkat Project)

Wherever Zaphod appears, click on him to select whatever's to his left.
Please note that you will need to enter the search parameters on this page accurately and in full.

Search For A Meerkat ID:

Search For A Meerkat Name:

Search For A Meerkat Stage Name:

Search For A Meerkat Group:

The Life History records are restricted to dominant status, movement between groups, deaths and disappearances. One day, if there is enough interest, I may add rovers, encounters, pregnancies and births but the lives of meerkats is so complicated that I believe that this information would make the data look too cluttered at present.

23rd June 2010
The database has been updated to include the public life history data for May 2010.

3rd May 2010
The database has been updated to include the updated name list for March 2010.

It contains all the name lists and life history reports which were started in April 2007 as public records. Information before then is from Tim Clutton-Brock's book, "Flower Of The Kalahari", some information which is on the Kalahari Meerkat Project web site and other scraps which I have found elsewhere on the internet.

Some information was taken from the programme "Meerkat Manor" where I have been able to verify, at least in part, the accuracy of that element of the programme.

Important Note
This site only contains data which is freely available to any user of the internet. All I have done is collated that data and made it searchable. There is a lot more data which is available exclusively to members of the FKMP which cannot be found here. For more information, please visit the Friends of the Kalahari Meerkat Project website.

Wherever an ID code has a number of 9xx or begins with X, it means that I have been unable to verify the correct ID so have invented one and guessed the most likely birth group. Other information may or may not be correct.

I have found various inconsistencies with some of this data, much of which I have corrected where possible. There are bound to be numerous errors and omissions remaining. I have a number of unanswered questions, mostly arising from Meerkat Manor. If anyone knows the answers to these, please let me know and I will update the database.

Questions about Meerkat Manor and other information

For more information about the meerkats in this database, please visit the Kalahari Meerkat Project's website at

If you find anything that is not right with this database either because you know the true facts or because you find the data presented here makes no sense, please e-mail me using the address given at the bottom of this page. If you know anything I don't, please let me know and I will add it. The database works on the meerkats' ID codes, so if possible please include the code in any message that relates to a specific meerkat.

A little about me and why I compiled this database...

I started to compile this meerkat data some time ago after discovering Meerkat Manor on TV. My reason for doing so was to be able to follow the plot more closely and to be able to look up past and future Life Histories while watching the programmes.

Many years ago I studied zoology and ecology and might have chosen that as a career path. But instead I got sidetracked into programming computers and I'm a bit beyond university research now. That does not stop me having a serious scientific interest in co-operative mammals and meerkats are an excellent example. At one time I might have preferred a study of wolves but there is less information available and meerkats offer the opportunity to study the interaction between different groups living in close geographic proximity to each other and the study papers that have already been produced, the Life History reports and the Meerkat Manor programme provide me with the means of doing my own research from the comfort of my study at home.

My career with computers means that compiling this database and writing the programs is easy for me to do and has proved to be an interesting experience since I have learned a lot about the lives of the meerkats by doing so. The main database is stored as an Excel spreadsheet with a fair amount of code to import, sort, analyse and display the data. I have now written some code to export that data to this website.

Carlos, May 2009.

Please contact me on the subject of meerkats by sending an e-mail to

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