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The Graduate. 12/13 Love is in the meerkat air when new roving male Wilson meets a certain Whiskers lady. Three Degrees of Separation. 11/13 The. When Flower Met Hannibal is the sixth episode of the second season of Meerkat Manor. Summary. During a stormy night the Whiskers huddle together. now (0); Next on (0). Back up to: Meerkat Manor A Family Affair. 1/13 Meet the Whiskers, a family of meerkats living on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.
To avoid Flower's wrath, Yossarian dropped the pup of Mozart that he was carrying and slunk off. The pup died as a result and the rest of the Whiskers temporarily ostracised Yossarian for the havoc wrought by these moves. He made three unsuccessful attempts to reach Cazanna, the dominant female of the Lazuliafter the death of her mate Big Si.
Shakespeare[ edit ] Shakespeare, named after the famous playwrightwas one of Flower's sons. However it is equally possible that he was killed by a predator, dispersed to another group, or was killed by another group whilst trying to join them, we just weren't there on that particular day.
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Believing the split would be permanent, Tosca was then fitted with a radio collar by the project researchers. She is believed to have died during the harsh winter. The next day, Flower initiated a burrow move. In order to remain with her family, Daisy left the pups behind to die in the abandoned burrow. After Flower reasserted her dominance over the group, Flower allowed Daisy to return and permanently evicted Mozart.
In both cases, she was able to successfully protect the pups until the remaining Whiskers could return to help. Daisy's real name was Super Furry Animal. She was played by her two cousins in two episodes. When Yossarian brought Mozart and Tosca's pup's above ground, he ended the chaos by bringing them back to the burrow entrance.
Pookie was Flower's biggest competition for food during her lifetime. She died two days after a bite from a cape cobra on 29 January She was only 6 years old. After his mom died, Pookie left the whiskers to go out roving. When Pookie tried to steal food from Flower, it taught Columbus a lesson: Mitch[ edit ] When the series first started, three-week-old Mitch was taken from the burrow by his teenage siblings as a game, and then abandoned in the desert.
His brother Shakespeare found him and safely returned him to the family. When Mitch was lost in Zappa territory with Sophie, Jogu, and three of Flower's pups, Izzy, Buster and Suggs early in the third series, he attempted to find the Whiskers group on his own so he could lead them back to the pups.
Rocket Dog survives the deadly bite. After filming of the fourth series concluded, and before it aired, several newspapers reported that Rocket Dog was killed while crossing a road on 28 April and that Animal Planet planned to include a tribute to her at the end of the series.
Mitch found the pup and rather than kill the pup as one would normally expect, he took the pup to his mom Flower. And Flower adopted him into the Whiskers shortly before her death. Although the narration refers to Axel as a Zappa pup, the research number he was assigned by the Kalahari Meerkat Project indicates that he is actually from the research group the Young Ones, which is often used to film Zappa footage.
She had two brothers and one sister named Sparkle. Only one of her brothers was given a name and he was called Spud. They were born some time after Tosca, Mozart's sister, gave birth to three pups.
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Their uncle Yossarian decided to move their pups who were only a few days old. He brought each up above ground and started to move them to a new burrow. The babysitters followed him and carried each pup. The Whiskers returned and Yossarian dropped the pup he was carrying, who was Sophie's sister. Her sister got left behind and died later that night. The other pups were moved to the new burrow. One day, while being babysat by Yossarian, Mitch, Sophie's other uncle, viciously attacked her without warning.
Yossarian failed to stop the assault and simply waited until Mitch was proud of the beating. Afterwards, little Sophie was in a state of shock, but Tosca gave Sophie a comforting cuddle. Sophie didn't re-appear in the series until much later, when she was older. She was seen babysitting a litter, but was finding them a bit of a handful. That was the last time Sophie was mentioned in Season 1. In this season and up until season 3, she was played by Tina Sparkle since the real Sophie was the one Youssarian unintentionally killed.
Sophie didn't appear in season 2 for the first couple of episodes, the spotlight was mostly on her mother, Mozart, and two older subordinates, Daisy and Kinkaju, as they were the prime evictees of the season. When Sophie was finally mentioned, she was found babysitting Flower's pups with her brother, Spud. The pair were having a very uneventful day, unlike the rest of the family who were caught in a fight for their lives with the Commando family.
Sophie and Spud spent their time grooming each other, but were alarmed when a mystery meerkat appeared. They rushed below ground to defend the pups, unaware that the "stranger" was in fact their evicted mother, Mozart. Eventually realizing who it was, Sophie and Spud allowed Mozart to stay at the burrow and even feed Flower's pups. Sophie wasn't mentioned again for the rest of the season. In season 3, Sophie was mostly only mentioned in the starting episodes of the third season.
When the Whiskers moved territories, Izzy fell behind and was expected to be killed by an eagle owl, but Sophie rescued the pup.
Later, Sophie once again came to Izzy's aid and offered some food. When the babysitters Sophie, Mitch and Jogu and the pups were separated from the Whiskers, Mitch, being the oldest, left to find the main group to try and reunite them with the pups. Soon after a Zappa female named Maryline visited the burrow looking for her family. Following his hormones, Jogu went off after the evicted female, leaving Sophie to watch Flower's pups by herself.
When the rival gang, the Zappa, attacked, Sophie took the pups below ground. But before the Zappa reached the burrow, the Whiskers arrived and chased them off. After these events, Sophie was seldom mentioned again throughout the season.
At one point in the third season, she was played by Finn because Tina Sparkle was evicted. Sophie was seen much more in The Next Generation. She was the prime babysitter and target for roving males, particularly Wilson from the Commandos. In an early episode, Sophie climbed a tree in search of caterpillars, but slipped and fell, injuring one of her front paws. The Whiskers moved on, potentially abandoning Sophie, but the injured female managed to limp after them and quickly recovered.
Shortly afterwards, Sophie was evicted, for mating with Wilson, by Rocket Dog, who was also pregnant by Wilson. Rocket Dog gave birth to two pups and allowed Sophie to rejoin the group once she aborted her litter. Sophie babysat the two pups, Nugget and Beaker, along with Simon.
The babysitters decided to take the pups foraging, but they ran into the Aztecs and headed for bolt hole. Inside, Simon found a puff adder, but the Whiskers' babysitters couldn't escape due to the Aztecs, they were viciously blocking the entrance. Eventually, the rain forced the Aztecs to retreat, but with it being so late, the babysitters couldn't return to the main burrow. The next day, Sophie reunited the pups with the Whiskers, but Simon had died from a snake bite.
Later on in the series, Sophie was evicted by pregnant subordinate female, Wiley Kat. But before long, Wiley Kat was also kicked out by Rocket Dog. In spite of what Wiley Kat had done to her, Sophie stayed with her, and the pair were quickly joined by Wilson and Philippe. During their time together the small family encountered a Genet and Sophie mated with Wilson. But the rovers eventually left. After that, Wiley Kat and her unborn litter simply disappeared, but pregnant Sophie managed to rejoin the Whiskers.
She gave birth to three pups named Flashman, Pickle and Chips, and spent her time babysitting Juno. When Rocket Dog was bitten by a Cape cobra, Sophie led the Whiskers to a new burrow, where Rocket Dog eventually met up with them and slowly recovered from her bite.
In this season, Sophie was played by Flower's daughter Ella because her other counterparts, Tina Sparkle and Finn were evicted. After Rocket Dog's Death, she became the dominant female of the Whiskers and still retains that position today. Christiana Lazuli Dominant male: Unknown The Lazuli Mob are one of the most successful groups of meerkats that inhabit an area of the Kalahari Meerkat Project.
The Lazuli are also among the oldest groups, and they are currently the oldest living group. It was formed in by Avatar females Lazuli, Ziziphus and a wild male Belgarion. The Lazuli were also featured on the documentary of Meerkat Manor. The Lazuli grew very large over the years and many of its members are well known. Lazuli was the first dominant female and the group was named after her. Ziziphus was the second dominant of the Lazuli until her death, then her daughter Cazanna became the long term dominant female.
She was joined by a Vivian male named Basil who led dominance for four years. Followed by her daughter Aretha, and then her granddaughter Young. The Lazuli have many ancestors in other groups since some of the members had dispersed to other groups or formed new mobs. The Lazuli are currently one of the most famous groups. Cazanna[ edit ] At the time the Lazuli first appeared in Meerkat Manor, Cazanna was the dominant female of the group.
After the death of her partner Big Si between the first and second series, her son JD took over as dominant male. Without a dominant male she could mate with, Yossarian and various other roving males from the Whiskers made valiant attempts to mate with her, but none were successful, due to the diligent protection of her son and the other Lazuli males.
Though the Lazuli were forced to flee before they could kill the pups, the series producers and the project researchers believe Big Si killed Shakespeare during this attack, as Shakespeare was last seen putting himself between Big Si and the pups to protect them. His father remains unknown as well. His mother and the other females mated during a group split but the splinter group rejoined a month before he was born. On 25 January dominant female, and Rufus' grandmother, Flower died from a snake bite.
He and his litter-mates survived their first few weeks and started to foraged with the adults. The five males soon joined into the Lazuli Mob. Machu Pichu took male dominance but was ousted by Wollow. But Rufus' litter-mate didn't stay in the group and took to roving.
Rhogan Josh is now in the Chuckle Bros group now. It is a group of roving male who are not attached to any breeding clan. Then Axel left the Lazuli with some males and joined Stop it. Only Wollow and Rufus remained in the Lazuli. Rufus took to roving with some of his new Lazuli pals.
He lived in the Lazuli for two years and often roved. In February when Rufus returned from roving he got in a fight with dominant male Wollow. He managed to overthrow Wollow. Life changed for Rufus who took over as dominant male beside dominant female Young.
Rufus evicted Wollow from the group in June but he allowed the former beaten dominant male to return to the group. Young became pregnant and Rufus is most likely the father. Rufus was sadly predated in September.
He was the only one out of his litter to become a dominant meerkat. Her mother was Alina and her father was an unknown rover. Alina was the daughter of Cazanna and Basil the former dominant pair of the Lazuli making Young their granddaughter. On 24 April Young and HP give birth to a mixed litter of pups.
In May Flax died. In September Lallie and Teaser died. In November Landie died. They were Last Seen. In January when Tybalt disappeared. In May Aretha died, Young took dominant female of the Lazuli begin the oldest female.
Then in June five Whiskers males joined the group. At first Machu Pichu took dominance beside Young and may have fathered her next litter. However he was recovering from a snake bite and Wollow over threw him.
In August J. In September Young and Calvinia give birth. The list, however, is only available to paying members of their website. For example, the Commandoes group on the show uses some of events from the real Commandoes group, but was primarily shown with footage from the Vivian research group — including its dominant couple.
In Octoberit was Animal Planet's top series, with an audience of more than four million in the United States alone. The fourth series premiere did not fare as well, with fewer thanviewers. Orangutan Islandwhich focuses on a group of orphaned orangutans at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and Lemur Streetwhich looks at the lives of two rival gangs of ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar.
The research group has a policy against film crews interceding in natural events "because they don't want to have an effect on the gene pool by saving a weaker meerkat [or] affecting the outcome of what's natural in the Kalahari.
The film crew was also the first to capture meerkat infanticide on film. The meerkats' frequently short lives and brutal deaths become surprising and disturbing to some audiences. This experimental format was seen as expanding the boundaries of both the nature documentary genre and the nature of reality TV. The crew is forbidden to intervene, and the producers don't sugarcoat the animals' less cuddly habits infidelity, abandonment of young, occasional cannibalism.
But the meerkats are named and given human traits "courageous," "caring," "bully[ing]"and their antics and tragedies take place over a sound track. Manor is both brutal and melodramatic and thus more devastating than most documentary or scripted drama. The book also gives more background on how the Kalahari Meerkat Project started, the research goals and results, and researchers' personal lives.
The US release was titled Meerkat Manor: The announcement stated the game would be released to multiple platforms in latebut no game was ever released. Queen of the Kalahari, Meerkat Manor: The Whiskers story was simplified, with the Lazuli being the only rival group to appear in the film. Unlike with the Meerkat Manor series, the film does not actually depict any of the real Whiskers meerkats.