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Unread postby Katja » Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:36 pm

katja wrote:
Loams wrote:bushbabies don't use anything on their hands and feet to enhance grip on trees.

I say true.

They are known for "urine washing" their hands and feet but the purpose of that is scent marking/olfactory communication.

I found some websites that say this behavior may also help to improve their grip on branches.
So I guess the reply is "kinda". The better grip doesn't seem to be the main purpose but a useful side effect. :?
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Unread postby Jock » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:18 am

I am also going to say true, I have heard about the urine on hands before as well
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Unread postby restio » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:10 pm

I say true.

My dad had a bushbaby as a pet when he was a child. His mother eventually made him get rid of it for hygiene reasons - she was very houseproud, and objected to the "urine washing." :lol:

My mom also had a problem with her childhood pet, which was a duiker. It's nasty habit was eating my grandmother's roses. Sadly, my own childhood involved much more traditional pets!

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Unread postby Salva » Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:37 pm

restio wrote:I say true.

My dad had a bushbaby as a pet when he was a child. His mother eventually made him get rid of it for hygiene reasons - she was very houseproud, and objected to the "urine washing." :lol:

My mom also had a problem with her childhood pet, which was a duiker. It's nasty habit was eating my grandmother's roses. Sadly, my own childhood involved much more traditional pets!


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Unread postby Loams » Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:52 pm

It is false.

Bushbabies urinate on their hands and feet, and although primarily for scent marking it also helps their grip. Kinda like when people lick their hands. Perhaps we could teach that to the SA cricket fielders?? :x

Uhm, I think you guys misread my post, because I think your answers were wrong, but your reasoning correct??

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Brown Hyena's live in communal dens, and have family structures similar to spotted Hyena's
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Unread postby Salva » Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:35 pm

False: brown hyaena's are solitary animals! They only come together to mate.
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Unread postby Pilane » Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:25 pm

Brown Hyena's live in communal dens, and have family structures similar to spotted Hyena's


Nice one!!! :D
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Lives in clans which includes sons and daughters. They only forage alone..

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Unread postby kaka_sparrow » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:55 pm

im new to this..but i must say loam brilliant idea!!
do you sit up the whole night just thinking of ways to entertain us because if you are its really paying off

and my answer is true. brown hyenas do live in family structures like spotted hyenas only theirs are smaller and consist out of fewer members

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Unread postby Katja » Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:13 pm

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Unread postby Jock » Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:04 am

I am going to say false. Usually only one female breeds but with the Spotted hyaena all females breed
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Unread postby Loams » Fri Aug 04, 2006 1:59 pm

Jock, close, but I am afraid I said "similar" family structures and not "exact same" ;-)

Answer is true.

Mark and Delia Owens found this out when they were studying them in Deception Valley in the Kalahari. Cry the Kalahari is a worthwile read ;-)

kaka_sparrow, at the moment nothing keeps me awake at night, these are just facts that I pick up along the way while I read and watch documentaries ;-)

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One of the biggest Wildebeest migrations happen in Botswana

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Unread postby Salva » Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:19 pm

replace "wildebeest" by "zebra" and it's TRUE. So I say FALSE!

I know of two big wildebeest migrations: One is of course in Serengeti Mara and the other is somewhere around the Zambia-Angola frontier.
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Unread postby restio » Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:18 pm

Thanks for all the fun questions, Loams! I've also read "Cry of the Kalahari" and it was fascinating.

There is a heart-rending story in "Cry of the Kalahari" on the impact of fences on animal migration. If memory serves me correctly, wildebeest were involved.

So I say true to the wildebeest migration in Botswana.

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Unread postby kaka_sparrow » Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:45 pm

false. iv never heard of a big wildebeest herd in botswana so id say false definitley
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Unread postby DebM » Fri Aug 04, 2006 10:59 pm

True - Linyanti marshes-Savuti- Mababe Depression.
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