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3-MONTH-OLD ADDITION TO MEERKAT MOB EXPLORES NEW HOME AT THE EL PASO ZOO

El Paso, Texas (January 23, 2013) The Zoo's youngest resident, a female Slender-tailed Meerkat, is exploring her new home at the El Paso Zoo. Hot Lips, the 3-month-old born on October 22, has been off exhibit with the remainder of the mob since her birth. Weighing in at 310 grams (.68 pounds) on her first weigh-in about 10 days ago, she is now big enough to run around in the yard with the rest of the mob.

Zoo keepers and Veterinary staff at the Zoo decided to keep her behind the scenes because of the cold weather and to prevent danger from predators. When this young, meerkats are very small and run the risk of having tunnels collapse on them without being able to climb out because of their size. The recent weather, temperatures lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, also encouraged keepers to keep them off exhibit because it was too cold for them outdoors.

Guests can expect to see Hot Lips and the remainder of the mob on exhibit as long as the weather stays nice. "She's a typical baby. She's always around somebody and copies them- if they stand, she stands, if they dig, she digs," says Area Supervisor Andrea Skinner.

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