For primates, having a mother helps them learn social skills! — Palm Oil Detectives

Barbara Crane Navarro

Carla Litchfield, University of South Australia Wild bonobos, like all Great Apes, spend long childhoods with their mothers, learning the skills they need to function as socially and emotionally stable members of their community. But orphaned bonobos at sanctuaries don’t have that kind of upbringing. Can they still learn the skills they need to get[…]

For primates, having a mother helps them learn social skills — Palm Oil Detectives

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  1. Not only primates, actually. I read about a group of orphaned elefants in a national park, which was completely dysfunctional, so the game keepers took care to add some older elefants to the group to teach them how to be an elefant.

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