Bonobo Chimps: Girls Rule

Bonobo Chimps: Girls Rule

This male bonobo chimpanzee may look like a dominant male but he’s really just a big momma’s boy. That’s because in bonobo society mommas hold lots of power. It’s shared between males and females. This alpha female is one of the group’s leaders. Don’t believe it? Watch how she snaps the strappling then struts herself in a way that would make any dominant male chimpanzee proud.
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The message is clear, this babe is boss. These bossy adult females form strong bonds with their offspring, especially the males. All babies are intimately cared for through the first five years. But eventually young bonobo females must leave the troop and find another troop to accept them. The sons stay behind and the ones with the most powerful mothers become the most privileged males. Bonobo mothers almost never discipline their young, even when they steal food right out of mom’s mouth.
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