18 May 2016
For the first time actual Lesbian sex has been documented between gorillas in, of all places, homophobic Central Africa.
While sex between female gorillas has been observed before, it had yet to be recorded and in this case it happened in the Rwandan section of the Virunga mountain range in central Africa.
A University of Western Australia study entitled, ‘Homosexual Behavior in Female Mountain Gorillas: Reflection of Dominance, Affiliation, Reconciliation or Arousal?’ observed 44 instances of female to female sex.
Head Researcher, Dr Cyril Grueter, found that “while there was limited support for the social status hypothesis, homosexual behavior in female mountain gorillas may well be of purely sexual nature.”
The study also noted that homosexual behaviour involving females has been poorly researched among most primates with the exception of Japanese macaques, rhesus macaques, Hanuman langurs and bonobos. Lesbian activity between bonobos is a frequent occurrence.