Female apes are easily overshadowed by their larger, more boisterous male counterparts. Thus, the nature of female social relationships has been shrouded in mystery. The subtlety of social behavior in female chimpanzees belies a complex set of strategies that allow them to navigate the costs and benefits of group life. By combining decades of behavioral research with innovative non-invasive approaches, Dr. Emery Thompson and her colleagues at the Kibale Chimpanzee Project have uncovered fascinating details about the secret lives of female chimpanzees. She will discuss how females negotiate rivalries to obtain the resources they need to reproduce, the chaotic, and sometimes violent, nature of sexual relationships with males, and the unexpected ways these relationships change with age. Along the way, you will learn about the challenges and rewards of studying this fascinating species in the wild.
Tickets for this event are $12 for general admission or $6 for students with a student ID.
This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Council of Science and Technology.
The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) believes that science is for everyone. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of enhancing the public’s understanding of science and technology and their impact on society.