Thursday, 29 June 2017

African leopards revealed: Study documents minute-to-minute behavior of elusive cats




Results illuminate the energetic 'cost' of their drive to kill and pave the way for greater understanding of the ecosystem impacts of predation

Date: June 21, 2017
Source: University of California - Santa Cruz

The elusive behavior of the African leopard has been revealed in great detail for the first time as part of a sophisticated study that links the majestic cat's caloric demands and its drive to kill.

A team led by Chris Wilmers, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, produced an unprecedented picture of this carnivore's predatory and reproductive behaviors by outfitting the cats with high-tech wildlife tracking collars equipped with GPS technology and an accelerometer to measure energy output.

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