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Social
Interaction and its effect on Longevity and Infant Survival in Female Baboons

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            Longevity
is a key element of variation in fitness in female baboons. In baboon
populations, variation in breeding lifespan accounts for roughly half of the
variation in lifetime fitness. The quality of the enduring relationships formed
among female baboons affects their capabilities in coping with stress and is
related to variation in female reproductive success (Silk et al., 2010). In a
study done by Joan B. Silk and her colleagues, they demonstrate that dominance
rank and the quality of close social bonds have self-determining effects on the
longevity of female chacma baboons (Papio
hamadryas ursinus).

            The
study is focuses on a group of
free-ranging baboons located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta of
northwestern Botswana. The study and observation of this population was
conducted over a period of 16 years. Focal observations were used to identify
and measure behavior. A composite sociality index was formulated to illustrate
the strength of affiliative relationships between females when they did not
possess young infants and to pinpoint the 3 most enduring partners of females
in each year. Female baboons varied significantly in the strength and
uniformity of their social relationships with their top partners. This
variation greatly influenced the variation in longevity seen among the study
population. There was an inclination for female baboons with more genetically
related kin in the group to have more resilient social bonds with their top
partners (Figure 3a). Female dominance rank had no impact on the strength of
females’ relationships with their top three partners (Silk et al., 2010).
Females who maintained strong and stable relationships with their top partners
also had the steadiest relationships. High levels of correlation among these
variables led researchers to use principal component analysis to merge these
variables into a solitary measure of relationship quality. This presented that
female dominance rank was not related to relationship quality. According to the
collected data, relationship quality and high dominance rank conjointly had an
effect on female longevity. High ranking female individuals lived longer than
their lower ranking counterparts. Those females that maintained more resilient
and steady social relationships with their top partners also lived
significantly longer than females who had constantly shifting social bonds with
different partners. The discoveries show that relationship quality and
dominance rank independently impact female longevity. It also shows that
relationship quality has more influence on longevity than dominance rank, and
that the growth of strong and unswerving social bonds might moderately counterbalance
fitness cost due to low dominance rank. Events where females changed partners were
not often the result of the death of the close partner which proposes that some
females were more driven and engaged or more capable of preserving
relationships with preferred partners over time (Silk et al., 2010).

Figure
3: Females with Strong and Consistent
Stable Bonds Live Longer than Females with Weaker and Less Consistent Social
Bonds. Females are
divided into three categories based on the nature and quality of their
relationship. The solid line depicts females in the top third, the dashed line
represents females in the middle third, and the dotted-dashed line shows
females in the bottom third. Source: Strong and Consistent Social Bonds Enhance
the Longevity of Female Baboons by Silk et al., 2010.

            A
second study was done by Joan B. Silk in the same location from 1992 to 2007.
In this study, the benefits of social capital were analyzed to find a
correlation between strong social bonds and an increased rate in infant
survival. Focal sampling was used to conduct observations of adult female
baboons. These observations included vocalizations, social interactions, and aggressive
interactions. A composite sociality index was also formulated to exhibit the strength
of relationships amid dyads.

Just like in other baboon populations,
females fashioned the strongest and most lasting bonds with close maternal kin,
mainly their mothers and adult daughters (Silk et al.2006a, b). Approximately
three-fourths of all infants born in the group were still alive at six months
old; 65% survived to 1 year and 45% survived to 5 years. The offspring of female’s
baboons who formed enduring social bonds with other adult females lived
noticeably longer than the offspring of females with weaker social bonds (Silk
et al., 2010b). Females with stronger bonds with their mothers and adult
daughters saw higher offspring survival rates than those with weaker bonds (figure
3b). Female baboons with more resilient and persisting social bonds may be less
spatially marginal while they are feeding during the day and resting in trees
at night. This would allow for them and their offspring to be significantly less
susceptible to predators. Females with strong social bonds may also be better safeguarded
from social conflict and consequently able to feed more proficiently (Silk et
al. 2003). Female baboons who have more intensive social systems face lower
glucocorticoid levels than other females and are more adept in surpassing their
social anxieties (Crockford et al. 2008;). These advantages can spread to
offspring and increase their rate of survival. 

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