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Meet the Meerkats

JANUARY 10, 2008
My daughter Victoria is studying the genetic code of meerkats in the Netherlands. Not being native to the low countries, their social behavior presents challenges to their hosts (in zoos) -meerkat colonies can only have one "alpha-male" at a time. Those males unlucky enough to be born into a colony with existing aplha become" rogue males", wandering about in a quest to stumble upon a colony with a need to replace recently deceased alpha- an opportunity that presents itself regularly in the wilds of the Kalahari- much less so in zoos. Somehow, I can't get the idea of a "rogue male meerkat"  out of my head...