Get your meerkat fix at the Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Get your meerkats “fix” in soon because the popular animals will be going on a five-week hiatus beginning Jan. 5 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.


“Meerkats” will temporarily close – and the exhibit that houses them, “Africa: From the Desert to the Sea,” ends – Jan. 5 to allow the Aquarium to build its next special exhibit, “Dragons: Real or Myth.”

“Meerkats” returns – and “Dragons” premieres – on Fri., Feb. 13.

Open since May 2010, The Maritime Aquarium’s “Meerkats” exhibit features six active, entertaining sibling meerkats – members of the mongoose family native to Africa’s Kalahari Desert. A viewing bubble lets youngsters pop up within the exhibit and get close to the meerkats.

The animals are so popular that the Aquarium installed a “meerkat cam” so their fans can check up remotely on the meerkats’ activities. To prevent anyone from going through complete meerkat withdrawal, the cam will remain active during the hiatus. Tune in at and click on “Exhibits & Animals.”

The Aquarium’s new exhibit, “Dragons: Real or Myth,” will demonstrate that there are dragons living among us today. Visitors will encounter such species as: dragon moray eels; the seahorse cousin called the weedy sea dragon; and terrestrial lizards like black dragons, flying dragons, sailfin dragons, bearded dragons, frilled dragons and more. Besides highlighting the unique characteristics of these animals, the exhibit will explore the facts and fiction of mythological dragons and their roles in cultures throughout time.

All special exhibits are free with Maritime Aquarium general admission, which is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youths 13-17 & seniors 65+, and $12.95 for children 3-12.

For more information about exhibits, IMAX® movies and programs at the popular Connecticut family attraction, go online to or call (203) 852-0700.

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