A family of Devon-based meerkats are enjoying their new identities after a competition was held to decide on names for the cute animals.
The Bicton College meerkats arrived at the start of the year and to celebrate the new additions the College asked the public to come up with names.
After a wonderfully busy and productive term, the chosen meerkat names were announced at the annual award ceremony for the Animal Care students.
The long-awaited names are ‘Tosko’, who is always busy in his look out post, he is a male meerkat named by Charlie from Plymouth. Next there is ‘Matata’, who is a bit naughty and the cheekiest of the group, she is a female named by Iysha from Tipton St John. Then we have ‘Azizi’, the mother hen of the group, a female named by Jill from Paignton. Finally, there is Timon, the alpha male of the group, named by Dan from Exeter.
Bicton College would like to thank everyone who entered the competition for their creative and amusing name suggestions!
Staff and students at Bicton College’s state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre have created a meerkat paradise and Head Curator at the Animal Centre, Chloe Chart, said “everyone was delighted to welcome the meerkats”.
“They are a great addition to our Animal Centre, and a fantastic learning resource for our students to study, as well as monitor, feed and clean,” she added.
The meerkats joined more than 300 other species of small animals residing on Bicton College’s impressive grounds. They have settled in very quickly in the college environment, loving the attention from the students and really enjoying the feeding and enrichment provided in their new home.
They have been a great resource for the students giving them experience of exotic mammals and zoo species as well as good subjects for ethogrammes and behavioural studies due to their busy and active lifestyles.
Thanks to the stunning grounds, industry-standard facilities and expert tuition, Animal Care students at Bicton College progress into a multitude of rewarding careers within the animal managements and care industries. Recent Alumni visits include the Blue Cross, Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Backy Falls Wildlife park, National Animal Welfare Trust and many more.
For more information on the range of Animal Management courses on offer at Bicton College please visit www.bicton.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.