A pride of lions resting in the shade


Social animals like hanging out with members of their own species. But to be truly social, the group of animals isn't just a random collection of individuals. Instead the members recognise each other (by scent or sight) and co-operate with each other in some way - for instance getting together to defend a communal territory.

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Animals with this behaviour





Cartilaginous fish

Ray-finned fishes



Other Social behaviour behaviours

BBC News about Social

  • Primates leapt to social living Primates' shift from nocturnal to daylight living probably spurred social groups and hint at the origins of human social behaviour, scientists report.

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