Metabolic flexibility of Barbary macaques

Huddling is always an effective strategy to help keeping the body warm when it's cold (photo by Patrick Tkaczynski)

Huddling is always an effective strategy to help keeping the body warm when it’s cold (photo by Patrick Tkaczynski)

The endangered Barbary macaques have to cope with extreme environmental conditions, from cold and snowy winters to hot and dry summers. Under these extreme and diverse ecological conditions full-filling their daily energetic requirements may be very difficult for macaques. We have recently published a study that analyse the metabolic strategies of Barbary macaques in response to various ecological challenges. Below are the link to the paper and the graphical abstract.

Cristóbal-Azkarate, J., Maréchal, L., Semple, S., Majolo, B., & MacLarnon, A. (2016). Metabolic strategies in wild male Barbary macaques: evidence from faecal measurement of thyroid hormone. Biology Letters, 12(4), 20160168.

Graphical abstract Biology Letters April 2016

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