Drayton Manor Park names meerkat after Janet Street Porter… and she loves it!

Thursday, 4th March 2021

TAMWORTH’s local theme park and zoo, Drayton Manor Park has renamed one of its most beautiful meerkats after the Loose Women star after a request on the show last week.

After Janet Street Porter was MORTIFIED to find out that a naked mole rat at Chester Zoo had been named after her, she asked if any zoos would name a meerkat after her instead, and they did!

The team at Drayton Manor Park’s 15-acre on-site zoo named one of their most beautiful meerkats after the Loose Women star, and Janet is a huge fan.



Fellow Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford revealed the namesake on the show, saying:

“So a meerkat is what you’d like. Well, Janet, news just in – the team at Drayton Manor theme park and zoo have named one of their female meerkats Janet Street Porter!

“Janet the meerkat is seven years old, she’s very sociable – interestingly – and she lives in a gang of eight meerkats. She also lives with three cape-crested porcupines and gets on well with them. She’s spiky, you see!”

Janet Street Porter

Janet Street Porter the Meerkat on Loose Women!

Janet thanked the park for naming the meerkat after her – which she described as “beautiful”.

Janet the meerkat lives at Drayton Manor Park’s conservation zoo, along with over 100 animals from all over the world including endangered species such as tigers, red pandas and monkeys. Loose Women super fans can now book tickets to visit Janet when the park reopens on 12 April.

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