More cool chimp research

If you were at last week’s seminar by Chris Martin from the Indy Zoo, you’ve been adequately amazed at the cognitive abilities of great apes. And if you’re looking for more, this study shows how chimpanzees learn and modify behaviour, in this case adopting the ‘Scottish accent’ from new neighbours!

If you’re taking the Animal Behaviour course this semester, we just learnt about social and cultural transmission and learning. Here are wild chimpanzees in Uganda; one individual made a leaf sponge to collect water and in a few days, every individual in the group had learnt through observation. Amazing!

Closer home, we have chimpanzees that briefly escaped their Kansas Zoo enclosure!


About Divya

Predator-prey behaviour fascinates me enough to cross oceans. I wish I could read like Vicki the 'Small Wonder'. When I take a break from all the paper-reading, I read other things, mostly but not necessarily to do with science. I also wish I could write as much as I read, but clearly there needs to be an equilibrium whose stability I cannot guarantee. Also, I usually need the help of music to get me through all the reading and writing. See a pattern?
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