Photography by Lorna Ellen Faulkes, commissioned by Julie Freeman and Dr. Chris Faulkes.
The animals eyes are blocked out for privacy reasons. See below.
What's the gender distribution?
What is the age range?
The youngest is less than 12 months, the eldest is over 21 years old! Numbers above are in years. Blue dots represent females, black dots are males.
How do the generations evolve?
As far as we know, the record litter for a naked mole-rat colony is 27 pups! This graph shows the colony growth over time. Breeding began in 2006 when a Queen was introduced to a new community.
Which are the most active animals?
This plot shows activity over the past 24 hour period. Activity is based on how frequently animals pass the sensors around the burrow.
Most popular paths
Do individuals have a regular route?
These "heat" maps show the last 24 hours of activity for each animal. Where the lines are darkest it shows where that animal hangs out most often. The patterns are different as members of the community have different roles, some maybe defending a certain area. The queen is marked orange, males are black and females blue.
Current naked mole-rat positions at
This is a live data representation of the colony (updated every 5 min). The last known position of each animal is represented by a circle. The burrow we've drawn here is simplified, the real one is made of clear tubes with feeding, toilet and sleeping chambers.
Artist, doctoral candidate in Media & Arts Technology, QMULtranslatingnature.org
Dr. Chris Faulkes
Reader in Evolutionary Ecology at QMUL and international expert on naked mole-rats.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk
24 naked mole-rats
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