But on closer inspection, researchers found the situation was far more intimate - and they have the pictures to prove it. Australian researchers have documented detailed evidence of homosexual behaviour in female gorillas for the first time. While homosexual activity has been found in other animals, including that of bonobos, very little is known about what takes place in the wider primate world.
Human females, unlike most mammals, are sexually active outside of fertile periods. This decoupling of sexual behavior from its conceptive function has had an enormous impact on human social relationships, and yet we know little about why there was selection for nonconceptive mating. Here we examine one form of nonconceptive mating, the mating that occurs during pregnancy or post-conceptive PC mating, in wild western gorillas Gorilla gorilla.
Submit your own Neatorama post and vote for others' posts to earn NeatoPoints that you can redeem for T-shirts, hoodies and more over at the NeatoShop! Stony Brook University primatologist Diane Doran-Sheehy discovered something intriguing about the sneaky mating behavior of female gorillas that may explain human monogamy: how female gorillas use strategic sex to her advantage! Female gorillas use sex as a tactic to thwart their rivals, new research suggests.
On May 28,a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was grabbed and dragged by Harambea year-old Western lowland gorilla. Fearing for the boy's life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage and commentary, including controversy over the choice to kill Harambe.
We thought we were the only species to enjoy intimate interactions, but as Jason G Goldman discovers, a few curious couplings in nature have changed our view. Sex, we are told, is pleasurable. That's because most scientific accounts of sexual behaviour rest upon evolutionary explanations rather than the more immediately relevant mental and emotional experiences.
A park ranger in eastern Congo has revealed how he managed to get a picture of himself with a pair of orphaned gorillas. Mathieu Shamavu says he was looking at his phone when female gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze started mimicking his movements. According to rangers at Virunga National Park, Ndakazi and Ndeze were orphaned 12 years ago when their families were killed by poachers.
Keepers at Dublin Zoo still do not know if the tiny western lowland gorilla is a boy or a girl because proud mum Lena is holding her infant so tight. Ciaran McMahon, team leader responsible for the gorillas, said Lena has not yet let go of her newborn. Commercial hunting and a highly contagious virus called Ebola are the two main threats facing their survival.
Researchers at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia found that the female apes were more amorous on days their peers were having sex — even when they could not fall pregnant themselves. Dr Tara Stoinski and her team monitored four female apes for two years, counting how often they approached their mate and actually had sex. According to New Scientist magazine, even females who were already pregnant or breastfeeding young copulated more often when their peers were on heat. But the females at Atlanta Zoo had only one silverback to father their young, discounting this theory.
Koko gained public attention upon a report of her having adopted a kitten as a pet and creating a name for him. It was reported that Koko understood approximately 2, words of spoken English, in addition to the signs. As with other great-ape language experiments, the extent to which Koko mastered and demonstrated language through the use of these signs is disputed.