The social life of animals might hold important clues for how to save biodiversity
Understanding animals’ social life could help save endangered species - daily short science news

A new scientific publication supports the idea that understanding the rich social life of animals might help conservation efforts. The cultural aspects of different animals can help scientists understand what groups should be conserved and how it should be done.

For example, understanding why some groups of chimpanzees have a culture of using stone tools and others don’t could help the evaluation of conservation strategies. The social life of animals enables young individuals to learn from the older ones. Such aspects have conservational importance.

In practice, some populations could be characterized based on their “social capital” instead of the traditional aspects of genetic diversity or geographical isolation. This approach opens the door for innovative ways to protect the diversity of the natural world.

Read the full story: University of Exeter
Scientific publication: Science