Play is a fundamental component of social learning in primates.
Among other things, it allows the development of motor, neurological and cognitive abilities. It also promotes the acquisition of certain behaviors.
The baby chimp seen here at Zoo Palmyre is 14-months old and playing with a 19-year old male.
The Great Ape childhood, spanning across the first 4 years, is a time of play and discovery. Far from being futile, long solo or group fun sessions lay the foundation for the rules of dominance in adulthood and social integration of the individual in his group.
📹 F. Perroux/ZoodeLaPalmyre