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Meerkat Manor

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Seasons
4
Created By
Caroline Hawkins
Main Group
Other Mobs Involved
Episodes
53

Meerkat Manor is a British documentary/drama made by Animal Planet that presents the daily activities of the Whiskers mob, a large meerkat group living in the Kalahari Desert. It records events of the life of the Whiskers family, presented in a soap-opera style. It was based on the true life adventures of the Whiskers but some scenes were exaggerated and made up to add some spice to the storyline. It went for 53 episodes across 4 seasons, with each episode running for 20-30 minutes depending on the version. The UK (original) version was narrated by Bill Nighy, while the US had Sean Astin, who was later replaced by Stockard Channing for the fourth season, and Australia's version was narrated by Mike Goldman (only for the first two seasons, following that the UK version was used). The US version removed or shortens clips from most episode in the series and renamed some meerkats.

History and Production

Ralph Helen filming Rocket Dog

Filming Meerkat Manor

Caroline Hawkins created the idea for Meerkat Manor. Filming started in May 2004 at the Kalahari Meerkat Project. The biggest group at the time were the Whiskers, so they became the stars of the to-be show. Filming for the first season took 6/7 months. The first season aired on Animal Planet in UK in September 2005. Other groups featured in season 1 included the Gattaca and the more threatening Lazuli. The first season aired in the UK in September 2005, and at later dates for other countries. During that time filming for season two began. Filming for the second season ended in June 2006 and aired in the UK and US in September 2006. The Commandos became a new addition to the show's featured groups. The crew started filming season 3 in October 2006 and ended in April 2007. Season three aired in US in August 2007 and then in the UK a month later. New groups to season 3 included the Zappa and Aztecs. Season 3 recieved worldwide attention after the airing of the episode Journey's End, in which Flower died. Controversy surrounding the crews' lack of involvement in "saving" Flower resulted in a decline in the number of viewers.

Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation

In October 2007 filming for the fourth and final season, called Meerkat Manor The Next Generation began. Filming ended in March 2008. Season 4 aired in US in June 2008, but was not shown in the UK until April 2009. Season 4 largely focused on three main groups: Whiskers, Aztecs and Commandos. In spite of a huge loss in viewers the show was still the most viewed of all series on Animal Planet. At the start of 2010, The Hub Channel, a new channel owned by Discovery Communications and Hasbro inc, had purchased veiwing rights of Meerkat Manor and on October 10, 2010, the network began showing Meerkat Manor. However, there were no statements about a new season. The show had been declared cancelled.
Flower of the Kalahari Book

The Meerkat Manor Book

Episodes and Meerkats

List of Meerkat Manor Episodes

Meerkat Manor - Meerkats' Real Names

Film and Other Productions

A prequel movie titled Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins was released in May 2008. The full-length Oxford Scientific Film featured the upbringing of Flower and how she became the leader of the Whiskers. Aside from Meerkat Manor, the crew also released other meerkat-related documentaries including Ella, A Meerkats Tale, which tells the events of a subordinate female named Ella ("Tosca" on Meerkat Manor) and Meerkats 3D, a film about the life of a leader named Kleintjie.

For other meerkat-related documentaries see here.

Book

Tim Clutton-Brock, a professor and founder of the Kalahari Meerkat Project,released a book titled Meerkat Manor Flower of the Kalahari (also known as Meerkat Manor: The Story of Flower of the Kalahari) in 2007. The book describes the history, research goals and methods of the project, along with the true story in great detail of Flower's entire life from birth to death.

Meerkat Manor
Season 1 A Family AffairLove Thy NeighborSome Like It HotRevolutionChildhood's EndBoys Will Be BoysDivided LoyaltiesThe Good, The Bad, And The DesperateDaisy's ChoiceFlower PowerAn Awfully Big AdventureThe Calm Before the StormMoving On
Season 2 Cold ComfortThe Three AmigosYoung BloodIron LadyNo Place Like HomeWhen Flower Met HannibalUnited We StandThe Enemy WithinThe Art of LeadershipBalance Of PowerGrowing PainsThe GodmotherThe Quiet Fields
Season 3 On Dangerous GroundThe MissionSister ActThe Death of RomanceTale of Len and SquiggySibling RivalryHeavy the CrownJourney's EndA New DayFarewell My LovelyThree Degrees of SeparationThe GraduateA Family at War
Season 4 To Have and to Have NotAll Manor of LoveRising StarThe Family WayThe Mark of ZorroGreat ExpectationsThe BodyguardDivided We FallTo The Manor BornThe BirdsThe Rovers ReturnHome AloneThe Darkest Day
Movies Meerkat Manor The Story Begins
Books Flower of the Kalahari

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