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Rafiki Winning Name for Oglebay Zoo's New Meerkat

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Charles J. Sharp
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A new meerkat at Oglebay Resort's Good Zoo has been named Rafiki.

The zoo says in a news release that Rafiki received 63 percent of the votes cast by the public through Oglebay's Facebook page.

Rafiki was born in October. The zoo's other meerkats are Nala, Banga and Suri.

Meerkats are burrowing members of the mongoose family.

Good Zoo curator of animals Mindi White says meerkats live in groups called mobs. She says meerkats take turns foraging for food, digging burrows, serving as sentries and even babysitting.

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