Study: Primates also experience midlife crises

11/19/2012 | National Geographic News

Midlife crises happen not just to humans but also to chimpanzees and orangutans, according to a study led by primate psychologist Alexander Weiss of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Researchers analyzed results of a survey of caretakers on the well-being of more than 500 orangutans and chimpanzees in five countries, and observed that the animals' happiness bottoms out in the middle of their lives and improves again as they reach old age. Caretakers can boost the quality of life for captive apes by determining at which age they benefit from additional enrichment or attention, Weiss said.

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