Science Cafe: Chimpanzee Mothers (Teen-Adult)

  • When: Thursday, July 12, 2018,  7:00 pm -  8:30 pm
  • Location: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27601
  • Cost: Free

Chimpanzees are humans’ closest relatives. Our species share many physical and behavioral traits, like our long lifespans and complex social relationships. Like humans, chimpanzee mothers also have long pregnancies and care for their offspring for many years, forming close bonds. Yet they face a suite of challenges that humans do not. Females mate with many males before conceiving. Chimpanzee fathers provide no direct parental care. Both males and females can be extremely aggressive toward new mothers, and may even kill newborns. How do female chimpanzees navigate these challenges? We will discuss the evolution of chimpanzee behaviors surrounding mating, conception, gestation, and maternal care.

  • Website: naturalsciences.org
  • Contact Name: Katey Ahmann
  • Contact Phone: 919.707.9888
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  • Category: Informational, Free


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