Daytime aardvark sightings are a sign of troubled times: Wits researchers find that aardvarks feeding in the daytime during droughts might be starving

ScienceDaily | Jul 9, 2020 at 8:26 PM
  • New research by the team from Wits, with collaborators from the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria, reveals what a shift from night-time to daytime activity means for the well-being of aardvarks in a warming and drying world.
  • By shifting their activity from the cold nights to the warm days during dry winter months, aardvarks can save some of the energy needed to keep their body temperatures up.
  • And that means many more long-term comprehensive studies of physiology and behaviour, like the study that Dr Weyer and her colleagues carried out at Tswalu.