Meerkats set to start the new decade in a new den

The new enclosure at St Andrews Aquarium features 30m of tunnels.

Hide and seek: The meerkats' den was upgraded. St Andrews Aquarium
Hide and seek: The meerkats' den was upgraded.

Meerkats at St Andrews Aquarium will start the new decade in a new den.

A team at the Fife visitor attraction battled against the advent clock to finish off the new enclosure for the family of 13 meerkats.

The den, which reopened this week, has doubled in size and comes with the added bonus of 30m of tunnels in which the little animals can now play hide and seek.

St Andrews Aquarium.
Peek-a-boo: The new den was completed just before Christmas.

John Mace, general manager of St Andrews Aquarium, said: “We’re really pleased that we managed to finish the meerkat enclosure just before Christmas.

“Our playful meerkats are very popular with visitors and since they’ve been with us now for almost a decade we felt it was time their home had a bit of a spruce up.

“We have refreshed the enclosure over the years, but this was a fairly major extension and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.

“The meerkats have been settling in over the last few days while we’ve been enjoying the festive break and seem to very much enjoy their new tunnel system.”

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