I AM A BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGIST WITH A BROAD INTEREST IN REPRODUCTION, SOCIALITY, AND HEALTH. I AM PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN LINKS BETWEEN REPRODUCTIVE DECISIONS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL AGEING, AND I STUDY THESE LINKS IN A RANGE OF WILD SOCIAL SPECIES.
The first rains have fallen in the Kalahari! The dry season is finally over, and the Kalahari is bursting with new life. Right on cue, the meerkats are getting frisky, and we have many pregnancies and several litters of newborn pups. This photo shows JubJub, a dominant female, heavily pregnant. She and I lumbered sweatily after the rest of the group as they excitedly chased rovers, fled from Martial Eagles and explored foraging patches. JubJub gave birth in a burrow a few days later!