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Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet

Meerkat Manor is a British television program produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International. Blending more traditional animal documentary style footage with dramatic narration, the series tells the story of the Whiskers, one of over a dozen families of meerkats in the Kalahari Desert being studied as part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project, a long-term field study into the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of the cooperative nature of meerkats.

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Meerkat Manor follows several groups of meerkats, who act communally for the benefit of the groups in which they live. These groups are typically led by a dominant female and male, who maintain almost exclusive rights to have offspring. The group followed most closely is known as the Whiskers family. This group was chosen because of its matriarch Flower, an unusually successful dominant female who led the group for five years. During series three, Flower died from a snake bite and was succeeded by her daughter Rocket Dog.

Meerkat Manor was nominated for a 2005 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Award in the “Animal Behaviour” category, and in 2007 for “Best Original Score”. At the 2006 Wildscreen Festival, the series was a finalist in three categories: “Animal Behaviour”, “Innovation”, and “Popular Broadcast”. The series won Gold Statues in “Natural History” and “Cinematography”, and a Silver Statue for “Writing”, at the 2006 Omni Awards.

The eight episode of series three, “Journey’s End” which depicts the death of Whiskers matriarch Flower, was awarded the 2008 Wildscreen Festival Panda Award in the “Five Award for Popular Broadcast Programme” category. Meerkat Manor was a two-time Gold Medal winner in the “Nature & Wildlife” category at the New York Festivals Award Gala, in 2006 for series one, and again in 2007 for series one and two.

The series was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2007: one for “Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming” and one for “Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming”. In 2009 the series was awarded the Grand Award at the New York Festivals International Television Programming and Promotion Awards in the “Family Programmes” category.

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