Friendships between males and lactating females in a free-ranging group of olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis): evidence from playback experiments

@article{Lemasson2007FriendshipsBM,
  title={Friendships between males and lactating females in a free-ranging group of olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis): evidence from playback experiments},
  author={A. Lemasson and Ryne A. Palombit and Ronan Jubin},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={62},
  pages={1027-1035}
}
Close association between an anoestrous female at the time of lactation and adult male(s) is relatively rare in mammals, but common in baboons (Papio hamadryas subsp.). The functional significance of these “friendships” remains unclear, however. In chacma baboons (P. h. griseipes), friendships are a counter-strategy to infanticide by immigrant males. Experimental playback of female distress calls in chacma baboons revealed that male friends are more motivated to protect females and infants than… CONTINUE READING