New College of Florida's New Topics lecture series continues with “Bachelor Bromance: A Novel Evaluation of Male Gorilla Social Bonding” with Austin Leeds, research manager at Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment.


Human beings are social animals. The same applies to one of our closest relatives—Western lowland gorillas. In this lecture, Leeds reveals the social bonding and “bromances” that regulate the gorilla society. Social bonding is a vitally important aspect of their biology, shaping all aspects of their behavior but we know almost nothing about how males form and maintain social bonds with other gorillas. Leeds used a novel approach to studying bonding in male gorillas from zoos around the United States and will share what his team learned. His lessons apply to gorillas in zoos and the wild—and possibly to ourselves.


The lecture is Thursday, March 26, 5:30 p.m., in in New College’s Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics, or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888.


— Submitted by Su Byron


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