20 years ago, researchers showed that chimps have rich cultures. Now, we’re learning that those cultures shrivel in the presence of humans.
“Each population, each community, even each generation of chimpanzees is unique. An event might only have a small impact on the total population of chimpanzees, but it may wipe out an entire community—an entire culture.” -
Humans are destroying chimpanzee cultures. By fragmenting forests and killing off individuals, humans are stopping the flow of ideas among our closest relatives.
This is deeply poignant: Chimpanzees from different parts of Africa behave very differently from one another. But the very presence of humans has eroded the diversity of these distinct chimpanzee cultures, writes
“It’s amazing to think that just 60 years ago, we knew next to nothing of the behavior of our sister species in the wild. But now, just as we are truly getting to know [them], the actions of humans are closing the window on all we have discovered.”
We are destroying #chimpanzee cultures: By fragmenting forests and killing off individuals, humans are stopping the flow of ideas among our closest relatives
We Are Destroying Chimpanzee Cultures - The Atlantic
Chimpanzee traditions are disappearing because of us. 🐒😢 #Chimpanzees #Apes #ChimpCulture #HumanImpact
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