Meerkat Manor - Season 1
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The following Meerkats are the major players in season one: Flower is the leader and dominant female of the Whiskers group, and reserves the right to mate for herself. Because she is the leader, she wears a radio collar that enables scientists and film crews to track the group. Zaphod is her partner, the dominant male, and group defender. Youssarian was dominant male of the Whiskers until Zaphod, his older brother, overtook his position. Mozart is one of Flower's daughters that was evicted from the Whiskers by her mother for bearing offspring. Tosca is another of Flower's daughters that was exiled from the Whiskers for bearing offspring, and permanently exiled after taking charge of the Splinters, the larger of two groups created by the temporary breakup of the Whiskers. Shakespeare is one of Zaphod's sons and is quite courageous. He survived two bites of a puff adder and successfully saved Flower's pups from an attack by Big Cy of the Lazuli group of Meerkats. His fate has been a topic of controversy.
The drama can be intense, as life and death are starkly portrayed in each episode. Meerkats within the clan are incredibly dedicated to each other's safety, to the point of risking their lives for the others' survival. Family dedication even extends to the other females lactating so that Flower's pups will be fed by multiple sources.Read more ›
Forget "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race." "Meerkat Manor" is the best reality/survivor show ever made. If you missed the beginning, here come the first 13 episodes of the Whiskers family in a two-disc set. These fierce little critters have been called the Sopranos of the Kalahari. But they're not. They're better. What's more, these episodes can be watched by the entire family.
Matriarch Flower is the boss, protecting her family from invading meerkat tribes, such as the Lazuli, making sure the home (burrow) is fit and that all are well fed. Flower, whose recent demise left fans grieving, will be the subject of a 2008 theatrical release, "Queen of the Meerkats." It can't come too soon.
The Animal Planet hit is the result of a 10 year study by Cambridge University. Students mix into the footage from time to time, taking notes. During these moments, you realize just how small meerkats are. Adults are about a foot long, pups only a few inches, but when confronting an enemy, these little guys are bigger than life.
Sean Astin's flawless narration moves each episode along from cliffhanger to cliffhanger. The clear Season One favorite is Flower's son, Shakespeare. Whether he's taking a double snake bite for the clan, mentoring a little brother, or squaring off against Big Cy of the Lazuli to protect meerkat pups, he is his mother's son.
Still, there are plenty of personalities to enjoy, including Shakespeare's loving sister, Mozart, and their independent sibling, Tosca, Flower's main squeeze, Zaphod, his nutcase brother, Yousarian, and Carlos, the Don Juan of the Kalahari. Those who have followed the Whiskers through Season Three, can flash back to baby Mitch, who started out as a spoiled mama's-boy bully.Read more ›
Keeping up with the numerous yearly litters of four or five pups means the size of the Whiskers group fluctuates as its members stray, die, or disappear after encounters and fierce battles often to the death. It is a dire existence in which family loyalty is reinforced by mutual grooming, scent marking, and hunting juicy huge scorpions and centipedes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yummy! And, the meerkats are hunted as well by prey birds and other beasties of the desert environment.
Filmed by Cambridge University for over ten years, and narrated by actor Sean Austin, the family life of small weasel-like creatures takes on all the drama and humor of reality TV shows without having to design dresses or cook gourmet dinners.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed watching these little guys, but you get emotionally involved with lives and when one gets hurt or dies, you hurt for them.Published 10 months ago by linda..davis
They have taken them off TV, so I bought these. A week without meerkats is a week not wort living.Published 14 months ago by Aliki
We ordered Season One to watch with our kids. We received Season Three discs inside a Season One box, and the discs were marked as Season One.Published 16 months ago by twolanes