Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 25, 2021

Giraffes May Be as Socially Complex as Chimps and Elephants 

The New York Times  reports

A review of earlier research shows giraffes have the markings of social creatures, including friendships, day care and grandmothers.

Giraffes seem above it all. They float over the savanna like two-story ascetics, peering down at the fray from behind those long lashes. For decades, many biologists thought giraffes extended this treatment to their peers as well, with one popular wildlife guide calling them “aloof” and capable of only “the most casual” associations.

But more recently, as experts have paid closer attention to these lanky icons, a different social picture has begun to emerge. Female giraffes are now known to enjoy yearslong bonds. They have lunch buddies, stand guard over dead calves and stay close with their mothers and grandmothers. Females even form shared day care-like arrangements, called crèches, in which they take turns babysitting and feeding each others young.

Read more at Giraffes May Be as Socially Complex as Chimps and Elephants – The New York Times


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