10
Jan
2017

Poo pile to you, an information center to rhinos

The team found that a certain compound, called 2,3-dimethylundecane, appeared to be indicative of an individual rhino’s sex, age class and territorial status, while another called 2,6-dimethylundecane indicated female fertility. To further explore the significance of these signals, the team actually reproduced artificial dung odor profiles, laid them out in the middens and set up camera traps to see how territorial male rhinos responded.

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