2018-08 August LH Files

The August Life History files have been uploaded.

The project has seen a few changes in male dominance, in August: Long-term dominant males Kuçuk at Van Helsing and Pi at Make-a-Plan were both found dead at the end of the month – Kuçuk from TB and Pi from predation. On a lighter note, LL Cool J (recently subordinate at Jaxx) has moved to Little Creatures, there probably filling the dominant male position.
Other than that, the Kalahari is waiting for a hopefully good rainy Summer season even though nights in August have still been exceptionally cold.

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2018-07 July LH files

The July Life History files have been uploaded.

Bad news from several groups:
  • Baobab is suffering badly from TB – most animals show signs now.
  • Unfortunately, also Van Helsing have a few individuals with TB symptoms.
  • Gold Diggers’ only collared individual was predated, so the group is currently being tracked again.
Good news are that there were 5 successful births with surviving litters – uncommon for July, but similar to 2016 when late rains after a too dry rainy season led to a late breeding season.

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2018-06 June LH Table

The June Life History files have been uploaded.

June has been a rather quiet – and cold! – month. Most meerkat groups are doing fine though, and most pups born in May are still around, and growing.

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2018-05 May LH Table

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Swift’s litter born on May 2nd, 2018:
Three males Scuzi (VWM213), Lilac (VWM214) and Jay A Rod (VWM216) and two females Crimson (VWF215) and Saspa (VWF217).
Photo: Meerkat volunteer Rebecca Schaefer.

The May Life History files have been uploaded.

Here are the most important events:

  • Baobab have a new dominant male – a wild immigrant. Most individuals suffer from TB, however.
  • Jazzy Jeff was driven out of Run Amuk by Hakuna Matata males Riptide and Reepicheep. He’s now wandering between groups.
  • Many groups have had late litters, including Swift’s 5 pups at Whiskers, or Egg’s 6 pups at Van Helsing.
  • Please note that the LH table and the Meerkatter LH details now feature a new category „Unknown“ among the groups; this is not a proper group, but lists the individuals that are not considered part of a group (e.g. long-term evictees, or ousted males) but still appear in the population, living on their own.

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