A new study suggests Amoabas may have a role to play in helping us deal with stress.
But the study is far from definitive, and the results may have implications for the future of the species.
“A lot of people have been saying ‘I like Amboobas,’ but they are not sure how to put that into a scientific context,” said study co-author James Stavroula, a professor of environmental and environmental health sciences at Harvard Medical School.
“It’s kind of like ‘who wants to go out and kill a whole herd of Amboobs?'”
The Amboabas are the only group of animals known to have the ability to live in captivity.
Most other primates don’t have that.
And in fact, there is no species of primate that does not have a certain level of socialization.
Ambooba socialization is pretty unique.
The new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, analyzed a large dataset of animal behaviors collected by the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., over the past decade.
“We have a lot of data on Amboabs from the zoo and we have data on primates,” Stavoula said.
“And we looked at the zoo’s Ambooobas, and we’re looking at them as a group.”
In addition to studying how the Amboibo interact with one another, the researchers looked at how their social relationships changed during their time in captivity and what their social interactions with humans looked like.
The researchers found that Amboobos who lived in their natural environments had a much higher level of happiness, and that they were happier than the Amaboobas who were kept in zoos.
“What we found is that the Ambaobas are not just social animals, but they’re also quite good at being happy,” Stovoulas said.
The Amooba social structure, like the social structure of the Amoebus genus, evolved in the last 10 million years, according to Stavoulas.
“This means that Amoobans are one of the most socially complex species in the animal kingdom,” he said.
Stavoula said that in the wild, humans and other primates often interact with each other.
But with Amboibas, there was a different dynamic going on.
“Humans and Ambooboas are interacting,” he explained.
“If we were to imagine a situation where we’re seeing the Ambeobas in a zoo, we would think that the interaction would be a positive one, and there’s a lot that they might benefit from.
But there’s also a lot they can gain from it.”
So they are also an interesting animal that could be part of a larger system, perhaps in the human-primate interface,” he added.
What’s more, the study shows that social interaction may have more to do with the Ambuas’ own needs than the zoo environment.”
They may have needs that are different than those of humans,” he noted.”
Maybe their diet is different, or their environment is different.
But these social interactions seem to be the primary drivers of their social behavior.