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Social Learning: Does culture shape hunting behavior in bonobos?

  1. Andrew Whiten  Is a corresponding author
  1. School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e62104 doi: 10.7554/eLife.62104
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Hunting behavior and prey preference in bonobos.

Samuni et al. studied two neighboring groups of bonobos – the Ekalakala and the Kokoalongo – with overlapping home and hunting ranges. However, despite these overlaps, and multiple encounters between the two groups, members of the Ekalakala group almost exclusively hunted for anomalures, whereas members of the Kokoalongo group mostly hunted for squirrels and duikers. This still, from a video recorded by Samuni et al., shows a member of the Kokoalongo group holding a duiker it has captured. Samuni et al. suggest that the difference in prey preferences between the two groups is due to cultural factors.

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