Mother's Day is special at the Hunter Valley Zoo

Mothers hold a special place in our hearts, but we’re not the only species who like to show their appreciation.

Walking around Hunter Valley Zoo, it is clear to see maternal instinct in action.

Between the meerkats, capybaras and ring-tail lemurs, you don’t need to look far to see sweet family moments.

Primate keeper Daisy Murphy said there were at least 10 new species of animals with new babies at the zoo.

An adult meerkat watches for danger while pups play with primate keeper Daisy Murphy's boots.

An adult meerkat watches for danger while pups play with primate keeper Daisy Murphy's boots.

Where possible, they try to keep them with their mothers as much as possible.

“We only intervene if it’s absolutely necessary,” she said.

“We have a baby wombat at the moment who is being hand-raised, unfortunately his mum got hit by a car.

“But, apart from that, we just let them do what they want to do.”​