2 Works

Data from: Drought decreases cooperative sentinel behaviour and affects vocal coordination in meerkats

Ramona Rauber, Tim H. Clutton-Brock & Marta B. Manser
Cooperative breeding often evolved in harsh and arid habitats characterised by high levels of environmental uncertainty. Most forms of cooperative behaviour have energetic costs and previous studies have shown that the contributions of individuals to alloparental provisioning are conditional on the food intake of individuals. However, the effect of naturally occurring, extreme environmental conditions on the persistence of costly forms of cooperative behaviours and their coordination by communication remain unknown. Here, we show that in...

Data from: The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour: maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats

Ben Dantzer, Constance Dubuc, Ines Braga Goncalves, Dominic L. Cram, Nigel C. Bennett, Andre Ganswindt, Michael Heistermann, Chris Duncan, David Gaynor & Tim H. Clutton-Brock
The phenotype of parents can have long-lasting effects on the development of offspring as well as on their behaviour, physiology and morphology as adults. In some cases, these changes may increase offspring fitness but, in others, they can elevate parental fitness at a cost to the fitness of their offspring. We show that in Kalahari meerkats (Suricata suricatta), the circulating glucocorticoid (GC) hormones of pregnant females affect the growth and cooperative behaviour of their offspring....

Registration Year

  • 2019

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • Kalahari Meerkat Project
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Zurich
  • German Primate Center