Alteration in diel activity patterns as a thermoregulatory strategy in black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)

@article{Maloney2005AlterationID,
  title={Alteration in diel activity patterns as a thermoregulatory strategy in black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)},
  author={Shane K Maloney and Graeme A. Moss and Tammy Cartmell and Duncan Mitchell},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2005},
  volume={191},
  pages={1055-1064}
}
The nychthemeral activity patterns of a population of female black wildebeest inhabiting a shadeless environment were surveyed periodically over 1 year. The wildebeest fed mostly at night, with the proportion of feeding at night increasing when ambient conditions were hotter. Inactive periods were spent mostly lying during cooler weather but standing as days became hotter. We suggest that the entire suite of behavioural adjustments is beneficial to heat exchange with the environment. Behaviour… CONTINUE READING

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