Meerkat
Suricata suricatta

Distribution

Kalahari Desert in Botswana

Habitat

Desert

Lifespan

12-14 years in the wild

Diet

Omnivores; beetles, caterpillars, spiders, scorpions, small reptiles, birds, fruits, and plants

Conservation Status

LC

Least Concern

NT

Near Threatened

VU

Vulnerable

EN

Endangered

CR

Critically Endangered

EW

Extinct in the Wild

Stand tall

A;though the typical height of a meerkat is 9.75 to 11.75 inches, this animal of the mongoose family is farmed for its upright posture. They often stand on their rear legs and gaze alertly over the southern African plains where they live. Mothers can even nurse their young while standing.

Team effort

Meerkats are often seen in groups, and several families may live together in a large community, working together for survival. In their community, some will serve as lookout for predatory birds, others will stand guard for the group, while the rest forage for their food.

Burrowed life

Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun.

A happy couple holding a white flowers in the garden

Gardens of the World

Gardens of the World is a beautiful tunnel garden featuring different kinds of plants from all over the world. You can see flora, landscapes, and representations of the seven continents, that’s why it’s called Gardens of the World! For North America flora representation, there are cacti and succulents. There is also a replica of the famous Iguazu falls for South America. Appreciating European culture, there are statues of Roman Gods and Goddesses you can see inside the garden. To represent the flora of Africa, there are cape leadwort and asparagus ferns, among others. There is also a Japanese Garden featuring bonsai trees and pagodas, representing Asia. Lastly, Antarctic flora consists of mosses and ferns which are also featured in the Gardens of the World.

Violet orchids with other kinds on its back

Michel's Garden

Michel’s Garden is a flora walking trail showcasing a vast orchid garden and featuring Senyorito’s 40-year-old orchid collection. Phalaenopsis, vanda strap-leaf, debdrobium, and oncidium are just a few types of the one million orchids you can see at the garden. For plantsmen, different types of plants and orchids are also available for purchase at Michel’s Garden.

African Savanna

Experience the thrill of an African safari ride! For the first time in the country, get up close and personal with zebras and African antelopes in this unique safari ride. Take the vehicle tour inside the African Savanna, and witness these animals in their habitat.

Operating hours: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Beautiful birds being feed by the keeper in the stainless pan

Bird Show

See Cebu Safari birds in action! You can see various birds on the stage: from the friendly macaws, chattering lories, and African crowned crane to raptures like Philippine sea eagle, Philippine owl, and Philippine hawk. See their tricks and talents, and know more about our aviary friends at the Bird Show.

Bird Show on Wednesdays to Saturdays is at 1:45 PM.
On Sundays, we have two shows at 10:45 AM and 1:45 PM.

White Lion Safari

Meet the king of the wild! Meet our white lions all the way from France and Germany. Take the enclosed safari truck and enjoy the 15-minute ride in the white lion’s habitat.

Cut-off for tickets is at 1:30 PM
Operating hours: 09:00 AM - 4:00 PM; last entry is at 3:30 PM

Petting Zoo

Kids, have a chance to pet our baby farm animals! Meet and greet with our baby goats and cows, ducks, rabbits, and more.

Operating hours: 09:00 AM - 12:00 NN; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Animal Feeding

Check out how our keepers feed the safari animals. Currently, we have feeding schedules for our giraffes, white Bengal tigers, and orange Bengal tigers.

Orange Bengal tiger feeding is at 10:30 AM
White Bengal tiger feeding is at 2:30 PM
Giraffe feeding is at 3:00 PM