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 An exciting season premiere from Animal Planet. MEERKAT MANOR, which returns for its third season on August 10th, reunites viewers with the Whiskers, a family of meerkats, struggling to survive in Africa's Kalahari Desert. From family quarrels to love affairs to life threatening situations, these fuzzy animals rarely have a dull moment.


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-- Families of Meerkats Return Friday, August 10, for a Sizzling New Season of Love, Lust, Treachery
and Drama as Colorful Characters of the Kalahari Fight for Survival in the Desert --

When we last left off…
It wasn’t too long ago that the Whiskers meerkat family was embroiled in a fierce battle against their biggest rivals, the Commandos. Last we saw the Whiskers, Mozart’s pups had been killed by the Commandos during a burrow raid, and the Whiskers were facing a long harsh winter.

Which brings us to the present-day Kalahari Desert…
Now, kicked out of their home, Flower, the matriarch of the Whiskers clan, must lead her brood through a perilous journey to mark and settle into their new manor, survive the weather and stave off the threat of predation. The Whiskers must face new rivalry posed by their neighbors from hell, the Zappa gang, and Flower is determined to lead her brood to victory no matter what it takes! And, the plot thickens when the fighting persists within the Whiskers’ own inner circle. Ever the dysfunctional family, the Whiskers find themselves involved in confrontation, control, love affairs and more drama than ever! With daughters sleeping around and sisters fighting over the same main man, it’s no wonder that it’s a slippery slope surviving desert life. Fans will see who lives, who dies and which ‘kat winds up as top dog.

Each Friday night during the sizzling 13-episode season of MEERKAT MANOR, pop in for fur pulling, conflict, romantic tension and cut-throat competition. The Whiskers soap opera unfolds Fridays at 8:30 PM ET/PT beginning August 10. For a sneak peek of the premiere episode, viewers can virtually visit the meerkats online at for one full week beginning August 3.

About the ‘Kats…
Standing tall at on only one foot high, the meerkat is a small member of the mongoose family that thrives in one of the driest places on Earth – the Kalahari Desert. On the surface, the meerkats seem like adorable creatures, but do their cute façades mask their true colors? These highly social creatures are precocious and tough enough to send a cape cobra slinking into a hole.

About Meerkat Manor…
MEERKAT MANOR is produced for Animal Planet International by Oxford Scientific Films (OSF). Caroline Hawkins is the executive producer for OSF. Mick Kaczorowski is the executive producer for Animal Planet U.S.

About Animal Planet…
Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, LLC, connects humans and animals with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in over 91 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; PetsIncredible, a major producer and distributor of pet-training videos and includes web service; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.


Meerkat Manor III
Episode Synopsis (1-3)

Episode 1: On Dangerous Ground

We find the Whiskers trying to survive in a hostile new area after being evicted from their manor by the vicious Commandoes. With danger at every turn and food being scarce, Flower decides to lead the family, including her new born pups, on a perilous journey to find greener pastures. The gang runs into their new neighbors, the Zappa gang, whom they dispatch with some ease. However, during the fight, Flower’s pups go missing.

Episode 2: The Mission

Flower mounts a rescue mission to find her pups who are lost in the heart of Zappa territory. It falls to Mitch to try to find the rest of the family and lead them back to the frightened pups. On his journey, Mitch runs into Mozart who has started up her own group with her old flame, Carlos. But with the Zappa closing in on the pups, it’s a race against time.

Episode 3: Sister Act

The Whiskers have settled into their new territory, but with the neighbors from hell living next door, they shouldn’t get too comfortable. When rival gang the Zappa discovers the whereabouts of Whiskers’ babysitting burrow, a carefree day turns nasty for Flower’s newest pups, Buster, Suggs and Izzy. And while the path for any new group is never straight forward for the new mob, the Starsky, it’s been a very rocky road. With half-sisters Mozart and Kinkajou both pregnant and vying for the role of dominant female, there’s bound to be trouble in store.


Standing tall at just 12 inches high, the meerkat is a small masked mammal that thrives in one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. A member of the mongoose family, this cute, precocious and highly social creature can be tough enough to kill a cobra.

Vision: Color – the dark eye markings act like built-in sunglasses.
Feet: Non-retractable claws
Ears: Closeable
Height: 12 inches
Weight: Two pounds
Light-Absorbency: Called the “Solar Panel of the Animal World,” meerkats use their dark-skinned sparsely furred bellies to warm up.
Tail: Eight inches long and used as a tripod to balance the animal in an upright position.
Activity: diurnal (active during the day)
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years but in the wild 3-4 years is more usual unless the meerkat becomes dominant.
Society: A group of meerkats, usually five to 30 members, is called a “group.”

Species Range: Southern Africa/Kalahari Desert 2-5km²
Dwelling: burrows are shared with ground squirrels and yellow mongooses; each group has 2-6 separate burrows in their home range.
Transience: Territory usually well defined and stable
Competitiveness: Meerkats are very territorial and will fiercely defend their home from other meerkat groups.

Guardianship: Meerkats are “snack size” for a number of animals, so one always stands guard while the others forage or nap.
Primary Predators: martial eagles and jackals
911: Various alarm calls indicate different predators.

Specialization: Alpha female dominant over all group members.
Litter Size: Two to five pups
Gestation: 11 weeks
Breeding Season: October-April in the wild; year-round in captivity
Co-operative behaviour: Subordinate females commonly suckle pups born to the dominant female. All group members baby sit, feed, carry and protect dominant females pups.
Precociousness: sexually mature at one year

Diet: Scorpions (meerkats are immune to their venom), beetles, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, worms, crickets, small mammals, small reptiles, birds and eggs.

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Meerkats are all the rage it seems! The following quotes reflect meerkat mania in pop culture.

RESCUE ME/FX – Season Four (premiere)
“I've had blackouts, and she's had to piece the night back together for me. So that particular night I was drinking seltzer and she was drinking white wine. And after the conversation went south, she said she wanted to go inside and watch this television show about weasels-- meerkats. Meerkat Manor. So we went inside, and next thing you know we're watching this show, and the narrator is--he gives the meerkats' names. So there's this meerkat named Shakespeare, and he gets bit by a scorpion, and there's some question about whether or not he's gonna make it back to the home base, you know, the place where they--where the rest of the meerkat tribe is. And I was really worried about the guy, Shakespeare. He's--he was looking pretty bad. And the next thing I know I'm laying in the sand, and I can hear people screaming, and…” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“This doesn't add up, Mr. Gavin.” – Interrogator #1
“I’m sorry.” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“Your story. According to the facts we have in front of us, there were signs of an accelerant.” – Interrogator #1
“I don't know anything about accelerant. “ – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“You co-signed a fire insurance policy on the house and a life insurance policy on Mrs. Keith two weeks before the fire.” – Interrogator #2
“No, I didn't. I’m telling you. I think I would remember. So—“ – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“You don't remember starting the fire?” – Interrogator #2
“How the hell can we expect you to remember signing God damned policies?” – Interrogator #1
“I didn't start the fire, OK? Listen to me.” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“We know you're a drunk with a very convenient drinking problem.” – Interrogator #2
“It's a disease, ok?” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“So is cancer. You want to blame cancer for the fire?” – Interrogator #2
“Tell the truth, Mr. Gavin.” - – Interrogator #1
“I'm telling the truth.” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“No, you're not.” – Interrogator #1
“Yes, I am. I am telling the--” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“No, you aren't.” – Interrogator #2
“I'm telling the truth, OK? We were inside. I was on the couch. She was in the easy chair. We were watching the meerkats, ok? – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)

RESCUE ME – Season Four
“I remember being pissed off, and I remember watching the meerkats.”- Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“You were more interested in the meerkats than you were in my feelings.” Sheila Keefe (Callie Thorn)
“That’s such a bunch of bull…”- Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
“Anywho, we watched the meerkats, for I don’t know, 45 minutes or something. I wasn’t really paying attention…” Sheila Keefe (Callie Thorn)

RESCUE ME/FX – Season Three
“Wanna go watch Meerkat Manor?” – Sheila Keefe (Callie Thorne)
“Yep.” – Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary)
(Brought up in conversation on the August 29, 2006 airing of Rescue Me)

“What the hell are we watching?” – Nora (Sally Field)
“Meerkats.” – Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys)
“These meerkats are wearing no clothes. Give me the clicker!” – Nora (Sally Field)
“Ok! Fine! But no cooking programs!” – Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys)
“Give me the clicker!” – Nora (Sally Field)
(Said in dialogue in a Fall 2006 episode of Brothers & Sisters)

Category: What’s on the Tube (for $800)
Answer: This cable channel’s Meerkat Manor has been billed as All My Children Meets Wild Kingdom.
Question: What is Animal Planet?
(Question in Celebrity Jeopardy! November 2006)

“Hey.” – Kat Warbler (Lizzy Caplan)
“Turn on the TV!” – Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter)
“Is this that stupid Animal Planet thing again? I do not care about the meerkats!” – Kat Warbler (Lizzy Caplan)
“Just turn on channel 9. You’re not gonna believe it!” – Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter)
(Said in dialogue in the November 27, 2006 episode of The Class)

“Now is this something you know about her..that she thinks you look like a particular animal?” – Ellen DeGeneres
“Well it’s come up a couple of times. We were working together for two weeks I think. And we had a story about a meerkat. Do you know what a meerkat is? – Matt Lauer
(Ellen shows a picture of a meerkat)
“You have to have a picture of a meerkat. And, somehow, in the middle of the show is a fairly serious story. The meerkat was missing. I thought it was somewhat tragic. And she (Meredith Viera) said and by the way, you look like a meerkat. And, I thought, that’s not really nice.” – Matt Lauer
“Well put it up and drop it really fast.” – Meredith Viera
“I have seen you stand that way, Matt… I have seen you…” – Ellen DeGeneres
(Ellen shows a picture of a meerkat; Matt stands and poses like a meerkat; the camera compares the picture and Matt together on one screen, showing the resemblance)
“Look, it’s similar!” – Meredith Viera

TODAY SHOW (June 21, 2007)
“Don’t start on me, ok? First, it was a meerkat…”- Matt Lauer
“Well, he’s very cute.”- Meredith Vieira

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