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Mini-Quiz: Cultures in Animal Groups

by Ron Kurtus (revised 27 February 2006)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.



1. Do some groups of lions have a different culture concerning hunting?

No, because all lions teach their young to hunt the same way

Yes, because lions near the desert must hunt differently than those in lush areas

No one is sure because lions are so secretive

2. Why don't Sumatra and Borneo orangutans behave the same way?

They live on different islands and learn different techniques

They do behave the same way when people aren't around

Borneo orangutans are much larger and don't need to behave

3. How did chimps learn to catch termites with a stick?

They imitated how people caught termites

It is an inborn trait of all chimpanzees

It probably was by accident and only certain groups know the technique

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Understanding Behavior. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.


Animals are smarter than we think


Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

Prestige Affects Cultural Learning in Chimpanzees - plosone.org

Behavior Resources

Books

The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist by Frans de Waal, Basic Books (2001) $18.00 - The effect of human culture on the study of chimp culture

Top-rated books on Animal Cultures

Top-rated books on Orangutans


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