1 December 2021

Meerkat advent calendar 

Meerkats at the Zoo began counting down to Christmas this week - by tearing into a unique advent calendar, gifted by zookeepers.  

However, the mischievous mob ignored the festive tradition of opening a single door each day, with Frank, Dracula, Penelope, Meko and Timone choosing instead to tuck into all their treats at once.  
London Zoo keeper, Martin O’Sullivan, said: “The meerkats had great fun starting the countdown to Christmas by foraging in their advent calendar for their favourite tasty crickets. 
“It’s safe to say that patience isn’t a meerkat’s best quality, but who amongst us hasn’t opened a door or two a little early on their advent calendar over the years?” 

Fun at the Zoo

  • A mob of meerkats during a Meet the Meerkats Experience at London Zoo
    Meet our inquisitive meerkat family

    Meet the Meerkats at London Zoo

    Go inside the meerkats' home and watch as they scamper around you as they search for their food.

  • A meerkat at London Zoo
    Slender-tailed meerkat

    Meerkat facts

    Learn about the slender-tailed meerkat.

  • Gorillas pick favourite Christmas song as Zookeeper holds radio at London Zoo
    22 December 2020

    Gorillas favourite Christmas song

    Zookeepers have revealed the gorillas’ choice for this year’s Christmas No.1 is Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ - after the troop showed their support for the 90s classic while listening to 2020’s contenders on the radio.

  • ZSL-London-Zoo_Monkey-Valley#3
    Soar with the monkeys

    Monkey Valley

    Step into Monkey Valley and experience our troop of gravity-defying, 'high-flying' colobus monkeys leaping, lounging, swinging, and snoozing, in their new tree-top inspired habitat.