Meet our four newborn Meerkat babies!

Females give birth to one to eight babies at a time, but it is more common for Meerkat mothers to have three to four offspring at a time. The babies, called pups, are born underground, where they are safe from predators. At birth, pups weigh 25 to 36 grams (0.9 to 1.3 ounces). In addition to being small, pups are also blind, deaf and almost hairless.

The whole family, including the father and siblings, pitches in to help raise the new additions. By nine weeks, the pups are weaned, and by one and a half years, the meerkats will be mature enough to have their own offspring. Meerkats live up to eight years in the wild.

Image: Ranger JJ van Wyk