Animal culture and conservation: new paper in @royalsociety #proceedingsb we suggest insights into social learning & animal #culture could improve conservation. our arguments broken down here 1/n pic: @DepthNZ under @docgovtnz permit #animalculturesmatter
Animals learn things from each other, sometimes leading to different groups using different habitats and prey. To preserve the whole population, it’s important to understand and protect these different requirements 2/n
Social learning spread new ideas thru a population or group, e.g., taking advantage of a new resource, like birds learning to open milk bottles, so it’s important to preserve networks that help animals pass on knowledge, or knowledge repositories e.g., elephant matriarchs 4/n
Sometimes these behaviours increase survival and how many babies animals have, e.g., sponging dolphins fared better in a recent heatwave 5/n
Our paper proposes a way for current conservation measures to include assessments of social learning and culture, in many cases it could be done using existing data. This is already being done by @BonnConvention and other orgs! Thanks if you got to this tweet....
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