WCS 3-Sentence Science
Large Carnivores Put in Long Workdays
February 7, 2020
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Tim O’Brien and Julia Salador on daily activity and body mass in large carnivores.
- Researchers looked at the amount of time spent active per day for 128 species of mammals in 19 tropical forests in 15 countries to see if there was a correlation between activity range and body mass.
- Empirical data showed that activity ranges scaled positively with body mass for carnivores herbivores, omnivores and insectivores.
- Despite the many factors that shape animal activity at local scales, they found a general pattern showing that large carnivores need more time active in a day to meet their energetic demands.
Study and Journal: “On the scaling of activity in tropical forest mammals” from Oikos
WCS Co-Author(s): Tim O’Brien, Senior Scientist, Conservation Measures ; Julia Salvador, WCS Ecuador
For more information, contact: Stephen Sautner, 718–220–3682, firstname.lastname@example.org.