Hardcover; 240 pages; photographs of the Kalahari meerkats and the Little Karoo meerkats; Publisher New Holland Publishers, 2016
ISBN 1921517654, 9781921517655
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*** THIS IS OUR GLOBAL CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION DATABASE WITH OVER 11 YEARS AND OVER 10.8 MILLION VIEWS! ***
July 2015: Many new images have been added to The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve Riverine Ecology taken over June 2015 at The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project gallery, including views, fauna and flora: Termites that wild meerkats eat as part of their primarily insectivorous diet and a toxic hairy caterpillar and an escape burrow showing how the interior is dry after rain in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project- home to the Ungulungu meerkats and Tsebokolodi yellow mongooses.
Did you ever get bothered by a fly that just won't leave you alone?! Watch this meerkat / suricate and fly dance...
A meerkat / suricate gives a response to a persistent fly buzzing around their head! Watch Shongololo from the Wild and Free Ungulungu meerkat / suricate group of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.
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** DUE TO OUR SMALL SELECT GROUP VISITS AT ANY TIME, BOOKINGS CAN BE WAIT LISTED FOR OVER A YEAR IN ADVANCE **.
If it rains all Tours may be cancelled due to wildlife behaviours in certain weather conditions - we do not work with fed or tamed animals here.
Our focus is not on large scale over priced tourism but rather around very limited numbers of small group visits with conservation minded guests not wanting the standard 'check-list' crowded commercialised tourism. Visits are also not available at certain times of the year to ensure that the wild meerkats on The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve are not disturbed by any observers.
Exploring The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve - Ungulungu meerkat / meerkats range
Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man explores part of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve which forms the territory of The Ungulungu Wild and Free meerkat / meerkats / suricate / suricates range.
Included in this article are numerous videos of the area filmed before sunset press here.
This is an online Scientific Database, Media Album and Article Archive, and diary of events, it is deliberately HUGE...This is Conservation Through Education - open source research - our work is open to the public to read about for those who wish to spend the time...DIGGING through the information...we are researchers here collecting data after all!
Please visit the hyperlinks and use the search engine on the top right hand side of The Wild Web Site and simply replace the text with your search - "Search this Burrow!" - you can press any top banner to go to the Current Wildlife Tours Information...There are article archives and the most recent articles are also listed for easy access.
We hope you enjoy your visit with us.
** WATCH MEERKATS / SURICATES WILD AND FREE IN NATURE WHERE THEY BELONG IN THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE **
Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man welcomes you! You are visiting The Wild Web Site of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.
Your Wildlife Friendly Information Portal ...
Wildlife Conservation Through Education! Learn how to Observe and Conserve Wild and Free meerkat/ meerkats / suricate / suricates and their habitat!
The above Conservation Through Education / Natuurbewaring Deur Opleiding video was filmed on the second of January 2014 featuring three of The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve Managers from left to right: Cheslin Nuys; Hans Nuys; Sam Van Raanse - presented by Grant M.Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A - The Meerkat Man with school pupils living near The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve after a charity Conservation Through Education film presentation from Lategansvlei Primary Farm School in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa.
Conservation Through Education is essential - for every person who tells another about the plight of Wild and Free meerkats and their habitat loss through destroying of their sleeping burrows, pesticides on their food, and the illegal in most areas pet trade we can help conserve the meerkat and it's habitat - all it takes is spreading the word to help achieve our goal.
Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A - The Meerkat Man after giving a Charity presentation to a disadvantaged school visiting the C.P. Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa.
Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A - The Meerkat Man with school pupils from Junior Primary School (3rd presentation) in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa - note the adorable meerkat pupils.
Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A. - The Meerkat Man of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and owner of The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve was exploring part of the Riverine Ecology in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve recently…
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project introduces the secretive section of The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve Riverine Ecology situated around Oudtshoorn Western Cape of South Africa.
* 06 February 2013 news * A fantastic surprise happened over January 2013 as a bat eared fox couple (Otocyon megalotis) had a litter of three babies in one of our rehabilitated areas of The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve. To read the article and also learn about The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project's concept of The Shy 5 in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve press the following link: Press here.
MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS…UNCUT
Watch dozens of Wild and Free meerkat / suricate videos and subscribe for free and get notifications whenever news happens from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve. All videos are unedited real wildlife behind the scenes and science with no tame animals, no fakes, no predetermined scripting. This is the director channel of Grant M. Mc Ilrath – A.K.A – The Meerkat Man – Observing and Conserving Wild and Free meerkats / suricates professionally since 1993 and ongoing: EXPERIENCE THEIR MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS UNCUT - press this link
The Meerkat Magic Mobile - the ONLY BMW in the world to EVER be sniffed and scent marked as part of their territory by WILD and FREE meerkats - the true stamp of approval - even wildlife approves of BMW! The eco - green machine!
MEERKAT MANSION - THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE - ACCOMMODATION OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA - The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve is proudly located around Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa - guests can now stay with us at our own accommodation at our Research base on site - The Meerkat Mansion!
MEERKAT MANSION - SELF CATERING AND CAMPING GROUND ACCOMMODATION AND RESEARCH BASE OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA
THE MEERKAT MANSION RESEARCH BASE IN THE MEERKAT MAGIC VALLEY RESERVE OFFERS LIMITED SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION AND CAMPING ON OUR PROPERTY IN OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA - WHEN YOU VIST WILD AND FREE MEERKATS / SURICATES YOU CAN STAY WITH US!
Accommodation that helps to fund behavioral research run by The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project - we offer self catering accommodation (limited spaces - but camping is also available) at The Meerkat Mansion (previously closed to the public and only open to research assistants).
By staying in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve beyond the rush of town and surrounded by beautiful views of mountains - your accommodation costs directly fund wildlife and habitat conservation work!
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project - The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa - Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man - guides all visits personally and has been working with Wild and Free meerkats full time in the wilderness since 1993 and ongoing - a Professional Wildlife Researcher and qualified Conservationist with numerous Internationally published scientific work!
For late 2010 and newer Wild and Free meerkat / suricate adoption / sponsor details please visit the following link: press here.
PREVIOUS ADOPTION / SPONSORSHIP NAMES:
Adoption / Sponsorship name listings for all the WILDLIFE PROTECTOR and meerkat / suricate friendly supporters of the world for Wild and Free meerkats / suricates with The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa - year listings for: 2008, 2009 most of 2010 are listed at the following link: press here.
The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve around Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa is the home of the Wild and Free Ungulungu meerkat / meerkats / suricate / suricates group.
Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man invites you to visit Meerkat Magic Moments - Uncut - Wild and Free meerkat / suricate videos to watch for free! You can visit our channel: press here.
Greetings to all the caring meerkat fans. If you have not cast a vote yet, this will only take seconds - please do add your anonymous vote to this ongoing conservation awareness poll, and tell anybody else who may wish to make a difference- thank you for your valued time and ongoing care! Best wishes from Grant Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man - PRESS HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO MEERKAT / SURICATE CONSERVATION AND BE COUNTED!
Please enjoy being amongst the very first to watch the Meerkat Mobile in action with BMW's unscripted film series - this is only a preview trailer of the international BMW films being released - watch how the Wild and Free Ungulungu meerkats from THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT - MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS - OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA - feature here sniffing and marking the BMW's tyres!
THE MEERKAT MAGIC CONSERVATION PROJECT - MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS - OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA - EXPERIENCE WILD AND FREE MEERKAT MAGIC WITH GRANT M. MC ILRATH - A.K.A - THE MEERKAT MAN - A PROFESSIONAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST AND INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED WILDLIFE RESEARCHER / WILDLIFE PROTECTOR - INVOLVED WITH MEERKAT / SURICATE FILMS WITH THE BBC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, DISCOVERY CHANNEL AND MANY MORE SINCE 1993 AND ONGOING!
To learn more about Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A - The Meerkat Man and the amazing world of Wild meerkats / suricates for a morning Sunrise or afternoon Sunset Tour (** TOURS ARE ON A FIRST RESERVED BASIS WITH VERY LIMITED OPENINGS BETWEEN FILMING AND RESEARCH AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT VISITS - BOOKING FAR IN ADVANCE IS ESSENTIAL** ).
You can now experience "Your very own unedited wildlife documentary, and Walk With Wildlife in their natural environment!”, please contact Grant at: (an SMS - mobile text is the best method, or an e-mail - these are answered between field work and filming) Tel: +27 (0) 44 272 3077 / Cell: (SMS +27 (0) 82 413 6895) or e-mail Grant at: or you can simply press here to send an addressed e-mail to email@example.com
INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC WORK INFORMATION: Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man worked with The Mammal Research Institute (M.R.I) of The University of Pretoria of South Africa and The Large Animal Research Group (L.A.R.G) of The University of Cambridge in Britain for over seven years in the Kalahari from 1993 before establishing The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project around Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa. To view a list of some of these international scientific publications about the meerkat / meerkats / suricate / suricates please press here.
Conserve Wild and Free meerkats / suricates with The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve around Oudtshoorn, Western Cape South Africa with Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man.
There are No Fed, No handled, No Tame, No marked, No Captured or experimented with animals here!
Please do watch out for anybody claiming to be working with us and with Wild meerkats / suricates when they are actually not qualified conservationists or researchers and are feeding and handling tame meerkats instead...If in doubt please DO ask if they are qualified conservationists and internationally published wildlife researchers and how many years they have been actually researching wild meerkats for to find out more about the above statement's truth....
** BE A WILDLIFE PROTECTOR WITH US - THE WILD AND FREE MEERKAT CAUSE NEEDS YOU **
Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project has been a professional WILDLIFE PROTECTOR since 1993 and ongoing!
All who are conservation friendly are welcome to join us as a WILDLIFE PROTECTOR with our Wild and Free meerkat / suricate conservation cause of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa press here to go to this Cause page.
Please note that The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project does not accept any responsibility for ensuring current Tour information anywhere else but in this article and through e-mails and mobile text messages sent by Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man.
You can view listed AIRPORT - TRANSPORT - AND SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION options by pressing the link here: press here.
***** FREE TO WATCH - Meerkat Magic Moments - Uncut - Hosted on YOU TUBE Below *****
The MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS - UNCUT video clips are hosted on You Tube above - please do add your comments and visit the main channel hosted on You Tube.
TO GO TO THE MAIN MEERKAT MAGIC MOMENTS VIDEO / FILM DIARIES CHANNEL FOR ALL THE CURRENT EPISODES AND TO SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE NOTIFICATIONS FOR THE LATEST UPLOADS AS SOON AS THEY GO LIVE - YOU CAN VISIT THE DIRECTOR CHANNEL OF GRANT M. MC ILRATH - A.K.A - THE MEERKAT MAN AT THIS LINK:
The Sunrise and Sunset Tour times DO change throughout the year, according to weather and Wild meerkat / suricate activity times, please ALWAYS check the Tour times before your visit directly with Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man - NOBODY else has authority to provide this information from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
Visits are on a first booked first served principle. Please ensure that your Tour is confirmed the day before your Tour a few hours before sunset please or it will be assumed that you are not on the Tour. This needs to be done to ensure that Wild meerkat / suricate groups are located for any Tours the next day before they go to sleep, as the study animals use different sleeping areas daily (it takes a few hours to locate a study group daily, and NO Tours are taken in the morning unless a study group has been located in time).
There are a limited number of openings for guests who may visit on any Tour day for a morning SUNRISE or afternoon SUNSET tour - please check availability with the tour booking form above. Tour spaces are only kept open once they are confirmed again the day before the Tour.
Guests need to make their own transport arrangements to get to THE MEERKAT MANSION RESEARCH BASE - however all tours are taken in our own research transport / or guests may follow in their vehicles depending on available space.
Any vehicle can easily get to THE MEERKAT MANSION RESEARCH BASE AROUND OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA.
If you wish to be the only guest on Tour, and want complete exclusivity, this can be arranged with very advanced reservations only, as other guests have to be turned away for that Tour. This must be booked WELL in advance to ensure other guests have other Tour day options please.
* A DVD with a selection of three of our international meerkat / suricate conservation documentaries about The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and filmed in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa - is given as a gift to guest groups attending a WILD AND FREE meerkat / suricate educational tour.
***** The Meerkat Magic Mall Shop - Mobile version is back due to high demand from visitors!
After a visit to the wild meerkats / suricates guests may buy meerkat / suricate themed gifts and unique wild meerkat / suricate printed and laminated images and many different curios from The Mobile Meerkat Magic Mall Shop - when stock is available - visitors may also view our merchandise that funds our conservation work when they are staying at our private MEERKAT MANSION RESEARCH BASE ACCOMMODATION OUDTSHOORN WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA.
To find out how you can help with Conservation Fund Raising and how to Adopt Wild and Free meerkats / suricates in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa Please press the article link here
***** THE EXTENDED MEERKAT / SURICATE TOUR *****
On advanced request with any Tour booking made, guests may request to extend their Tour BEYOND the normal duration - once other guests leave, the EXTENDED MEERKAT / SURICATE TOUR continues for an additional number of hours. The Tour is then charged per additional hour or part thereof. Guests may even spend the ENTIRE day with the meerkats - so a morning Sunrise Tour all the way to a Sunset Tour on special very advanced request. This offer is only available on certain days and depends on the number of guests wanting this extension on the standard Tour. ******
Watch meerkats, meerkat, watch suricates, suricate, visit meerkats, visit suricates. No fed, no handled, no captured, no marked animals here!!!!
***** The Meerkat Magic Moments - Uncut Wild and Free Meerkat / Suricate Video Diaries Episodes *****
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project proudly brings you The Meerkat Magic Moments Wild and Free Meerkat / Suricate Video Diaries Episodes filmed in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa. The true, unedited, no pre-determined script, no post editing, the real behind the scenes and science with truly wild and free meerkats / suricates, unfed, unhandled, uncaptured, never marked and never fitted with tracking devices.
Filmed and narrated by Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man who has worked full time with wild meerkat / suricate in the wild since 1993 and is still doing this daily. The Meerkat Magic Video Diaries is the True story of the species, with real sounds, no music, and filmed as if the viewer was filming it themselves or standing there watching the event. You can watch the latest EPISODE at the following link...
You may have watched many meerkat / suricate films over the years, including Meerkat Manor, but imagine searching for / watching / walking with Wild and Free meerkats / suricates - like your very own unedited personalised wildlife documentary like Tour?
Now you can here at The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape of South Africa. Be taken behind the scenes and science to watch really Wild, unfed, unhandled, uncaptured meerkats / suricates, with Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man who is your qualified Nature Conservationist and Internationally published Research Biologist Tour guide, who has been doing full time field research on the Wild and Free meerkat / suricate species since 1993 as a WILDLIFE PROTECTOR. Your visit will also help fund Wild and Free meerkat / suricate habitat conservation.
****BOOKING DETAILS: ****
Telephone calls are very rarely answered due to our field work and often poor reception in the valley, only mobile text or e-mail messages are replied to - a mobile text message is best as it contains the correct international dialling codes to ensure message delivery thank you.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is the only business responsible for any arrangements made by it, please ensure you have made direct contact with Grant. A booking name and mobile contact number must please be given to Grant with any booking so that guests can be contacted in case of an emergency, Tour update etc.
All Tour costs go towards making sure that The Meerkat Magic Conservation project continues it's wildlife conservation work. Guests who attend Tours are regarded as Meerkat Friendly Supporters and on Tour completion they become Meerkat Veterans in recognition of their aid in our conservation work.
Only Tour cost quotes given on booking requests directly from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project can be regarded as valid and current. The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is not responsible for any arrangements made with old / invalid Tour rates from third parties or associates / booking agents.
Please ensure you have made your booking at the current Tour rate from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project, or have the current Tour information checked by any booking agent directly please. Tour rates are only valid if confirmed by Grant.
Once a Tour price quote has been given directly The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project, it remains valid, even if the Tour costs change later after the booking was made.
Tour Cancellation Guide
Please make sure that you have a definite booking at The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project BEFORE you book accommodation. The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is not responsible for other accommodation arrangements, and if you are unable to go on a Tour and have booked accommodation in advance!
Please do ensure that you have confirmed your Tour booking as far in advance as possible, before planning your accommodation, to avoid disappointment.
Please remember that on a rainy day all Meerkat Magic Tours may be cancelled due to wildlife behaviour!
ANY Tour cancellations can be made at the SOLE discretion of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project - IF The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project feels the need to cancel any tour - any payments made for tours to The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project will be returned.
Sometimes Tours have to be cancelled. If a guest is ever unhappy about a Tour being cancelled PLEASE always address your queries / complaints directly to The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and ONLY to The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project as nobody else is responsible for choices made by The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project except for The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project thank you.
Only once a group of meerkats / suricates has been located at their sleeping burrow for the night, usually around sunset, will guests be contacted to confirm that the Tour is happening the next day - for morning Sunrise Tours, with current times and the current meeting area.
Sometimes the weather is unsuitable for watching meerkats (very overcast or raining), or they are fighting with other groups and can't be watched. The meerkats may have been trapped in an unknown burrow by a predator and they can not be found on occasion due to this.
It is very worthwhile to spend a minimum of two or more days in the area, in the event that any Tours have to be postponed due to the above. The meerkats are wild and free animals of course, so only once they have been located the day before once they go to sleep in a known burrow, can we expect to see them on a morning Tour the following day and confirm the visit is on for certain and experience The Meerkat Magic! Afternoon sunset tours are involved in the meerkat search.
Please note it is ILLEGAL to keep meerkats / suricates as pets in South Africa, with large associated fines as they are classified as wildlife.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project does not support the unsustainable and harmful commercial trade of wild meerkats / suricates. Or capturing of wild meerkats / suricates for pets. None of the study animals at The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project have ever been fed, captured or handled in any way.
The animals do not have hair cuts that can interfere with their heat regulation / thermoregulation, or other artificial markings that can break up their camouflage and give their location away to predators, and none of the study animals have been fitted with telemetry / radio collars that could get caught in vegetation and make the animal more obvious to predators, and need to have the animal captured and handled for this.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is a behavioural observation and conservation project especially interested in ecology to understand and implement conservation of wildlife habitat by investigating alternative land usage and sustainable practices in highly sensitive ecosystems.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is self funded by Observe and Conserve Sustainable Eco- Tourism and Alternative land usage management practices with UNFED wild free study animals. Your Tour helps to cover the high running costs of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project - the Tour costs are given with booking requests. Please check with The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project that you have the correct Tour costs as these are subject to change over time.
Tour income is also used for providing charity educational presentation work for local schools and paying wildlife tracker salaries for previously unemployed local people on or around the main study areas, who are always given preference for employment here.
This could be you Watching Wild meerkats / suricates at The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project on your very own wildlife Tour, in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa!
You can view past visitors to The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project on Sunrise Tours and Sunset Tours, in the Meerkat Magic Valley of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa, and read their comments about their Tour experiences.
Select pictures have been added starting from September 2004, to view them please do so by pressing the link here: press here.
**** Virtual Meerkat / Suricate Tour Video File Downloads! ****
You are welcome to download these Virtual Meerkat / Suricate Tours of Sunrise Tour experiences watching Wild meerkats / suricates at The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa. The files play in Windows Media Player and are in WMV format. Enjoy! Please press here to go to the File Download area.
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A study group of wild meerkats / suricates needs to be located before sunset the day before a morning sunrise tour. Guests are most welcome to participate in the meerkat search on an afternoon sunset tour.
Meerkats / suricates have over 16 sleeping burrows on average, and territories of over 4- 10 kilometres per study group, and they do not usually spend more then one night at any sleeping area, and often move many kilometres from where they wake up - finding them is a like an exciting treasure hunt - MEERKAT MAGIC!
Since none of the study animals are intentionally never handled, or captured, they do not have any radio tracking devices (collars/ tags / telemetry), so a study group needs to be located by sighting only, which can take a few hours of tracking the day before any morning sunrise tour.
On rainy days all Tours may be cancelled as the study animals may remain inactive within their burrows or be trapped out of sight under vegetation. On occasion a Study group may not be located for various reasons. It is highly recommended that guests spend a minimum of two nights in the area in case of rain or unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances which lead to cancelling Tours.
Guests should contact Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - the Meerkat Man directly on his mobile number provided or with an SMS (mobile text - the best way...), +27 (0) 82 413 6895 and leave a message - it is very unusual that calls will be answered whenever field work is happening (most of the day), but messages will be replied to upon returning from the field when possible - missed calls will not be returned, only detailed messages thank you, as we receive many calls each day.
E-mails are checked between research most of the time, please do not send a last minute booking request. Please ensure advanced reservations are made (some reservations are made a year in advance or more).
Sometimes over the year, insects may occasionally bother guests - it is suggested that they bring insect repellent before any visit (however wearing protective clothing to prevent insect interests is mroe eco-friendly - since they are only trying to make a living too...) - sudden movements to swat insects are not good around the study animals, as predators usually move suddenly, and sudden movements will then scare the animals.
If you want to be on a smaller more exclusive wild meerkat / meerkats / suricate / suricates viewing Tour, then a great time to visit is in Winter - from May to August...just bring warm clothes and a thermos flask of hot liquid, fewer guests visit each day in the off peak season for Tourism.
All Tours should be booked well in advance of any visit (some bookings are received over a year in advance, and once reserved unless cancelled or re- confirmed the day before the Tour seats will not be available to anybody else), preferably bookings should be made in advance - all the Tours need to be booked though The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project directly to ensure availability.
Please enjoy sending our FREE eCards from our image albums!
* A DVD with a selection of three of our international meerkat / suricate conservation documentaries about The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project, filmed is given as a gift to guest groups attending a meerkat Tour.
All images are copyright to The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and may not be used for any form of commercial gain without written permission directly from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
Commercial filming / photography guide:
Professional photography and film largely funds the conservation work and pays assistant salaries for The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project, and guests are welcome to attend on viewing Tours for the experience, but photographic / filming Tours have only been made possible through thousands of hours and many years of time and patience and arrangements for commericial filming must please be made with any tour booking request.
If this becomes a common resource then The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project will loose a very important funding source for this Conservation Project from Film Crews and Journalists who then would be able to get these unique images anywhere and not have to visit The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
Usually journalists / photographers who wish to do a feature article appearing on the front page / cover will be permitted to visit this unique in the world conservation area with prior arrangement only.
You can read the current information regarding professional photography and filming at the following link, costs are given on request only:Press here.
To capture The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project Experience, Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man wrote a poem, you can read it if you
No tame meerkats / suricates are worked with! The animals are not fed, or artificially protected from predators or natural elements in any way. Through a comprehensive series of calls and hand signals the wild animals have given Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man their highly selective trust and anybody who is with him following guidelines of observation will be tolerated by the study animals.
This allows the collection of unbiased, representative data on the natural behaviour of wildlife. These Neuro Linguistic Programming Habituation for highly selective tolerance / trust recognition are the unique intellectual property of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
Grant M. Mc Ilrath- A.K.A- The Meerkat Man (has spent more time then anybody else in the world studying wild meerkats in the field full time since 1993 - is your guide) on a morning Sunrise Tour in The Meerkat Magic Valley of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa, giving a Live Unedited Wildlife Documentary presentation with The Ungulungu or other WILD UNFED FREE ETHICALLY RESEARCHED meerkats / suricates study groups.
The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is the only place in the world, where guests can get very close to this sub-species of the three recognised WILD meerkat / suricate sub-species without disturbing them with The Meerkat Man on a morning Sunrise and afternoon Sunset Tour!
expect or watch out for on
Your world expert
on Wild meerkat / suricate behaviour, Grant, will
give guests a very detailed description of
what they are seeing, and discuss many different
aspects of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and answer
any questions they have before or after the
tour. Guest movements and viewing
opportunities are guided by Grant depending
on the Wild animals behaviour at any given time,
so that the Wild animals remain relaxed and
undisturbed by viewers.
Grant is not
responsible for any of the Wild meerkat / suricate
behaviours, and will only allow guests/
photographers / film crews the incredible opportunity
to view these Wild animals up close, and not
guarantee the Wild animal behaviours at any
time, or the amount of time the Wild animals
spend at a sleeping burrow, or around it where
they can be viewed- this is random. Morning
Sunrise Tours allow guests to view the Wild
animals at the sleeping burrow and around the
burrow, and then follow the wild meerkats / suricates away from the burrow to see what they are doing for a short time.
morning during a Sunrise
Tour guests will most likely be able to
see the following typical social interactions
at the sleeping burrow of:
almost definitely- sunning, guarding, and
possibly- play fighting, hugging, huddling,
foraging, auto and allo grooming, digging
renovations, and any other random events, like
predation sequences, war dancing agonistic
displays, elevated guarding, different animal
interactions with the Wild meerkats and more. If
there are babies or pups present in
the Wild meerkat group, guests may also see
babysitting behaviour, pup grooming, suckling,
feeding of pups and other pup related
behaviours. Various vocalisations/ meerkat calls
may also be heard and explained. Of course none
of these behaviours are predictable ahead of
In the afternoon
during a Sunset Tour guests
will most likely be able to see the following
typical social interactions away
from and at the sleeping
burrow of: almost definitely-
foraging, guarding, elevated guarding, and
possibly- play fighting, hugging, huddling, auto
and allo grooming, digging renovations, and any
other random events, like predation sequences,
war dancing agonistic displays, different animal
interactions with the Wild meerkats and more. If
there are babies or pups present in
the Wild meerkat group, guests may also see
babysitting behaviour, pup grooming, suckling,
feeding of pups and other pup related
behaviours. Various vocalisations/ meerkat calls
may also be heard and explained. Of course none
of these behaviours are predictable ahead of
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION:
Please make sure you are medically fit to attend a Tour, as the Tour can not be easily stopped once we are watching the wild meerkats / suricates as this will disturb them and break the fragile trust which allows us close, after many years of not disturbing the wild animals - if you have any medical condition that you may be concerned about, please do inform Grant before attending the tour for guidelines and more specific information on what to expect on the tour thank you - special arrangements can be made.
Please make very sure you are unlikely to faint (by eating before your visit, and bringing snacks, water / drinks with you if needed), or if you have any medical condition please bring the required medication with you on Tours in case of an emergency need. Please do come prepared and notify Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man of any possible health issues before you attend a tour so that he is aware of any risks.
If you are a diabetic, please make sure you are prepared to be out doors for a few hours- bringing whatever is needed with you on the Tours.
1. The duration of the Tour may vary slightly depending on weather conditions and individual wild meerkat / suricate group behaviour- please be flexible when you visit due to the wild nature of this experience - once the Tour is completed and all the guests attending feel that they would like to leave the Tour is then over - guests are requested not to attend a Tour unless they are able to be there for the duration of the Tour, as leaving the Tour group disturbs the meerkats / suricates.
As Tour times change depending on many different factors over the year, please always ensure that whoever makes the Tour booking knows the current Tour times for morning Sunrise and afternoon Sunset Tours!
2. Please DO leave a message if you are making a booking via telephone (an SMS - mobile text is the best as it will contain the international dialling code) as this will be checked when returning from the study sites during the day. It is best to book via e-mail and as far in advance - we get Tour bookings over a year in advance sometimes, and there are limited spaces on any Tour.
3. Only guests of at least 8 years may attend a Tour, as the Tour is aimed towards a more mature audience due to the Tour nature and duration and wild animal tolerance to fast or sudden movements - however special arrangements can be made in advance via e-mail or mobile text. The wildlife can be very easily alarmed by younger viewers who may possibly become impatient sitting quietly at times, or who may get too excited and move suddenly.
This can be negotiated depending on the child's behaviour and if the parent believes the child will be quiet and patient while on Tour to maximise their enjoyment and so as not to disturb the Wild meerkats / suricates. Child minding services are often available at guest houses while adults are on tour. School Educational Presentations are given to large groups of children to balance this aspect, and occur in a secure and controlled environment more suited to younger children.
4. Please always wear suitable clothing to ensure your comfort during any Tour (very loose clothing is not advised as on windy days this clothing moves too much and scares the animals- thank you)- especially closed shoes, hats, eye wear, sunscreen, insect repellent is preferred etc.
5. It is requested that guests do not leave the Tour group as this will disturb the wildlife on the guided Tour, so please check all "nature calls" pre - visit when possible...Please TURN OFF any cell phones or other potentially noisy equipment when you attend the Tours.
6. The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is also funded by our film / photography work, these images can be purchased by downloading a lovely computer screen saver with over 100 slides of meerkats/ suricates including their calls, this is unique in the world, and the images have been taken over many years (from 1993 to...ongoing) of Wild meerkat/ suricate research! If given as a gift, the name/ business will be added to the Special Thanks category of The Wild Web Site permanently in recognition of support!
7. The above animation is just a very small preview of screen saver 2 which has over 136 slides and includes all the 52 slides from screen saver 1 also- the actual slides are 800 resolution and more.
8. Your visit helps support and increase the awareness of small game habitat conservation around the world, and the wild meerkat / suricate is the symbol for The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project Oudtshoorn Western Cape South Africa!
9. Please make ensure you have enough days in the area for your Tour. If the weather is poor- you can find a link to the local weather forecast on the home page or under the links section of this website. If it rains the Tours may be cancelled.
10. Please try to ensure you have booked your Tours as far in advance as possible (we do receive bookings over a year in advance), a few days is usually a bare minimum for bookings, as we have guests from around the world visiting, and Tour sizes are small on most tours - although larger groups can make special arrangements for their own tours.
11. Please include a mobile contact number, and the number of guests who wish to attend the Tour, and the dates you would like to book your visit in any e-mail sent to The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
12. The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project is intentionally not marked on any maps of the area, this is a guided Tour, and a meeting place is arranged before the Tour begins - please bring these directions with! You are advised to make all such arrangements before arriving in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa, for your Tour.
Currently afternoon Sunset Tours may allow us to see the animals foraging for food as they are tracked on their way to a sleeping burrow usually, and their behaviour away from their sleeping areas.
The morning Sunrise Tours allow us to sit close to the animals and watch their social interaction. The duration that we see the wild meerkats / suricates is entirely dependant on the animals.
Visitors should be prepared to sit fairly still, or stand around the burrow for the duration of the morning Sunrise Tour, and then be able to follow the study group as they leave the burrow and we Walk With Wildlife - the duration of time spent at the burrow is random each day.
If you have low blood sugar levels or are prone to fainting you are advised to bring the required medication with / food please, or if standing fairly still for periods of time with few movements is difficult for you please mention this to Grant so arrangements can be made for your comfort thank you. The wild animals are very intolerant of sudden movements from any observers including researchers who they know.
You are advised to have something small to eat before any Tours and bring refreshments with you.
A hat and sunglasses as well as suitable clothes are advised for the Tours. Please ensure that you wear closed shoes not sandals where possible. Binoculars are good to have on the Tour once the animals have left the burrow or for tracking sessions in the afternoon sunset tour.
How to download the latest Meerkat Magic marketing posters (with many pictures of meerkats / suricates...), publicity, images, business cards and meerkat / suricate video clips and Unique computer screen savers with Wild meerkat / suricate photographs and sounds and more from the file download section.
Most downloadable files are in Zipped Compression Format for faster downloads to your machine. You can also open and print the files without downloading them if you prefer, please choose the unzipped files for this.
To download the latest marketing posters of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project (with many pictures of meerkats / suricates...), publicity, images, business cards and meerkat / suricate video clips and Unique computer screen savers with Wild meerkat / suricate photographs and sounds and more press here.