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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.
Press Release and other info
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANIMAL PLANET’S MEERKAT MANOR RETURNS AUGUST 10;
WILL FLOWER STAY IN POWER, WILL MOZART LAND HER MAN
AND WILL CARLOS’ SLEAZY ANTICS GET HIM IN TROUBLE...AGAIN?
-- 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 http://animal.discovery.com/
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
www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things
animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com,
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 PetVideo.com; and other media platforms
including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and
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
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
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
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
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
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.
*All information from www.meerkats.com
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
“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.” –
“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
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
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)
BROTHERS & SISTERS/ABC
“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
“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
(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
“Well put it up and drop it really fast.” – Meredith Viera
“I have seen you stand that way, Matt… I have seen you…” – Ellen
(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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Meerkat Manor: Pups Emerge from Borough -
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