Development of meerkat vocalisations
Meerkats possess a broad vocal repertoire with specific call types for communicating with one another. While most studies have been based on adult meerkats hitherto, little is known about the vocal repertoire in pups.
Prof. Marta Manser's research group at the University of Zürich will test how the vocal repertoire of meerkats develops from birth to adulthood. To this end, they will record vocal calls of young meerkats at Zoo Zurich with a microphone.
Meerkats communicate with each other through different call sounds. Most of the studies so far have focused on adult animals. Photo: Zoo Zürich, Albert Schmidmeister
The University of Zurich is now researching how the vocal calls develop from birth to adulthood. A research group is recording the vocal calls with microphones at the zoo. Foto: Zoo Zürich, Enzo Franchini