Not strictly "UK Nature" but I can't help but notice that Meerkats seem to be quite happy living in outdoor enclosures in UK Zoos, suggesting they could perhaps live here if they really wanted. Apart from the lack of appropriate food and habitat of course, there not being so many lizards, snakes and scorpions for them to nosh on compared to the Kalahari desert. But I do wonder if enough escaped whether they could establish themselves, as plenty of other 'exotic' wildlife has in the past – for instance the Ring-necked parakeets now a fixture in South-East parklands.

The cheeky trio above are huddling for warmth against the North Yorkshire autumn at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, provider of so many recent posts on this blog. I strongly recommend a visit if you're in the area!

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