Data from: Drought-induced starvation of aardvarks in the Kalahari: an indirect effect of climate change

Benjamin Rey, Andrea Fuller, Duncan Mitchell, Leith C.R. Meyer, Robyn S. Hetem & Leith C. R. Meyer
Aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) are elusive burrowing mammals, predominantly nocturnal and distributed widely throughout Africa except for arid deserts. Their survival may be threatened by climate change via direct and indirect effects of increasing heat and aridity. To measure their current physiological plasticity, we implanted biologgers into six adult aardvarks resident in the semi-arid Kalahari. Following a particularly dry and hot summer, five of the study aardvarks and 11 other aardvarks at the study site died....
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