Lemurs Groom High-Ranking Females In Order To Gain Thermoregulatory Benefits
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Dr. Timothy Eppley serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Postdoctoral Associate in Collections Husbandry Science - Primates and Population Sustainability. Timothy’s research is broadly based in primate behavioral ecology and conservation, and the majority of his research specifically focuses on the effects of fragmented landscapes on lemur behavior and feeding ecology. He is currently using lemur behavioral ecology data to help direct lemur conservation efforts in the rainforests of northeast Madagascar.

                       

Lemurs Groom High-Ranking Females In Order To Gain Thermoregulatory Benefits

Among gregarious animals, it is well-established that socially dominant individuals are able to use their status to leverage resources, resulting in better long-term survival relative to others. In other words, socially dominant individuals enjoy rank-related benefits. In colder climates, dominant animals benefit from having multiple social partners to huddle with to keep warm. Huddling, also known as social thermoregulation, is when partners maintain physical contact with one another in a curled position in order to conserve energy. This is a...

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