Japanese macaques are exposed to various stressful situations in the wild, including rank fights and mating competitions. Researchers recently took a closer look at how genetics ultimately control the release of stress hormones in these animals.
Female elephants are the matriarchs of their social groups. Researchers discovered that when a female elephant is killed by a poacher, their daughter readily steps in to fill her shoes. This suggests the animals have an unwavering resilience to pressure by humans.
Members of both animal and human social groups work together to hunt, forage and fight under the guidance of leader. A recent study took a closer look at the nature of leadership to better understand how human and non-human leaders promote cooperative actions.
While the social roles some insects inhabit are set in stone, dinosaur ants and red paper wasps are far more flexible – and able to adjust their behaviors for varying responsibilities.
Monk parakeets fight each other systematically for social rankings within new groups. After a week of aggressive interactions, the birds quickly learn who falls where in the hierarchy.
When it comes to chimpanzees, it seems that the "new girl" may have the upper hand in former stronger female bonds, new research says.
Higher social status has its perks, and new research shows that one of them is a healthier life... as least for wild animals.
A new study finds that ant pupae make audible sounds in order to maintain their status in their colony's hierarchy.