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Meet the Meerkats

Meet the Meerkats

  • Premiered: 
    May 8, 2021
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  • Network: discovery+
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Narrated by Rob Delaney, MEET THE MEERKATS is a one-hour docuseries that follows three rescued meerkat families (mobs), who are learning the way of life in the wild for the very first time in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Dominant females Zola, Marli and Bela run the show - the first meerkat mob is overseen by Zola, the heart and soul of her family, along with her partner, Scar, the dominant male. The second mob is run by matriarch Marli, who is pregnant, and has two love interests; Zewli, the father to her two daughters, Thandi and Thembi, and her unborn pups; and gentle giant Arno, her protector, who is absolutely dedicated to her. The third mob, introduced later in the season, is run by Bela, a streetwise rewilded meerkat Mom raising her young family alone after losing her partner. These families must learn what all meerkats born in the wild know: the strict rules of meerkat society and how teamwork is the key to survival.

MEET THE MEERKATS dropped on discovery+ on Saturday, May 8, 2021, as the streaming channel released the first two episodes. A new episode debuts each Saturday thereafter. In the series opener, "Brave New World," two mobs find their freedom and their feet in the harsh Kalahari Desert. Both experience their first taste of freedom after being carefully rehabilitated and released, and it falls to Zola and Marli to keep their inexperienced families safe. There's a run in with an unknown beast, which leaves Marli's family shaken, while Zola's gang discovers an unexpected feast; meanwhile, rival meerkat males battle it out in a power struggle, and the arrival of five precious pups puts a family to the ultimate test -- raising their first litter in the wild. Other storylines this season include those of nurturing, hunting, survival, romance, territorial battles with each mob overcoming the many challenges - joys and sorrows - of a life of freedom in the wild in Africa.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Plimsoll Productions


  • Kalahari Desert - South Africa