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Honorable mention

The Collaborators

The Collaborators
by Jen Guyton

A researcher weighs wild, habituated meerkats (Suricata suricatta) at their burrow. Meerkats' highly social behavior have made them a model for studying the evolution of sociality in mammals. Capturing the weight of each individual through time is crucial for tracking growth or pregnancy. A few drops of water, a scarce resource here in the desert, are used to lure the meerkats onto the scale.