Does moonlight affect animal behavior?

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Aug 7th, 2003, 09:03 AM
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Does moonlight affect animal behavior?

I'm leaving in 30 days for my first trip to Africa (Botswana, in particular), and discovered that we'll have a near-full moon during our trip. For those of you who've been there, does the brightness of the moon affect animals' night behavior?
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Aug 7th, 2003, 10:36 AM
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NO!

Nor do spotlights and camera flashes.

 
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Aug 7th, 2003, 11:03 AM
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Although it made Micheal Jackson turn into a werewolf

Sorry its very hot here at the mo
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Aug 7th, 2003, 12:37 PM
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We told him he couldn't come along, so we should be safe ...
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Aug 7th, 2003, 12:53 PM
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Actually, there's a animal researcher who used to be at University of Montana, (she's no longer here) who did a study on predator and prey activity during the full moon. She found that predators increase their activity and are more successful at catching prey. And that prey decrease their activity. I don't remember what animals she was specifically studying
Her name is Jennifer Clarke..

Have a fabulous trip!


So it will be interesting if what you see
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