Many of our close relatives rely on their troops for safety and social interaction
Vervets risk their lives for their family
When danger approaches, these monkeys make loud calls to warn other group members. This increases the caller’s chance of being targeted by the predator, but it could save several relatives from injury or death.
Baboons have each other’s backs
Grooming is an important part of life for social primates like chacma baboons, as it maintains relationships and group structure. Individuals offering to groom others do so with the expectation that the favour will be returned.
Bonobos try to keep the peace
While most animals displaying ‘kindness’ have a selfish motivation, bonobos have been shown to feel empathy, solve disputes with hugs, help injured friends and willingly share food with complete strangers.