Matriarchal and Patriarchal

What are matriarchal and patriarchal societies?

A matriarchal society or group has a female leader or several female leaders.

A clan of Spotted Hyenas is an example of a matriarchal group. A hive of bees is matriarchal, with the Queen Bee as the leader.

A patriarchal society or group has a male leader or several male leaders. A troop of chimpanzees are patriarchal.

Many animal species are neither matriarchal or patriarchal. For example, there are paired (partnered) animals and solitary animals.

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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