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!