Female coalitions against male aggression in wild chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest

Newton-Fisher, Nicholas E. (2006) Female coalitions against male aggression in wild chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest. International Journal of Primatology, 27 (6). pp. 1589-1599. ISSN 0164-0291. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In the wild, female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are subject to male aggression that at times can be prolonged or particularly violent. Cooperatively retaliating to such aggression, a strategy observed in the con-generic Pan paniscus, has not been reported from the wild despite more than four decades of detailed behavioral study across a number of populations and reports of such behavior among captive female chimpanzees. If the reports from captivity represent an inherent capacity, then the absence of similar reports from wild populations suggests that female may only be able to form coalitions under appropriate ecological and demographic conditions. During a study of aggression of male and female aggressive interactions among chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest, Uganda, wild adult female chimpanzees sometimes formed coalitions with one-another to retaliate against male aggression. This may be possible because these females tend to be more gregarious than those in other populations of East African chimpanzees, as has been suggested by other studies of the same population. These observations suggest that the extent and variation of female chimpanzee social strategies need reconsideration, and strengthens the argument that at least some of the differences between chimpanzees and bonobos may be more of degree than of kind.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 14:58
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 14:12
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27820 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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