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Do any animals other than humans undergo menopause?

Also, is there any difference between animals in captivity and animals in the wild as regards menopause? For example, even if menopause has been observed in a captive member of a particular ape species, do individuals of that species typically live long enough in the wild to also undergo menopause?

I guess here's what I'm really getting at: is menopause a common thing in the animal kingdom, or is it only a common thing in humans?

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Yes. Menopause is common for long-lived mammals. For instance, in the wild, killer whales go in a sort of menopause as reported in 2009 by Ward et al. Front Zool. 2009 Feb 3;6:4. So it is not due to captivity. According to a Nature review, reproductive cessation has also been documented in non-human primates, rodents, whales, dogs, rabbits, elephants and domestic livestock (Packer et al. Nature. 1998; 392(6678):807-11)

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"So... what'd you do for a living?" "I study menopause in wild killer whales." Those guys must have some weird conversations!!! :D – nico Apr 25 '12 at 20:36
Especially if peri-menopause killer whales have mood swings... – Gianpaolo R Apr 26 '12 at 8:59

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