Meerkats are anything but meek — including when it comes to their mating behaviors.
Imagine a commune where up to 50 individuals cohabit but only two get to have sex. That's essentially the cooperative breeding system of meerkat groups.
Within a group of meerkats, call patterns vary with factors including sex, rank and reproductive season—but not with stress hormones, according to a study published May 3, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jelena Mausbach from University of Zurich, Switzerland; Marta.
Meerkats reach sexual maturity right around their first birthday, and some beta females will become pregnant before leaving the gang. Males initiate sex with.