Baboon Study: Sociable Moms Have Healthier YoungPublication: National Geographic News Date: November 13, 2003 View Article
Female baboons that enjoy the close company of others raise more successful offspring than do baboons who lead a more solitary life, according to results from an ongoing, long-term research project in Kenya.
“Social animals actually seem to spend a lot of time forming social bonds. They invest so much [effort] it’s hard to imagine that [social bonds] don’t matter. But no one had ever shown that they did,” said Susan Alberts, a biologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and researcher behind the study.