World's Best Dads

June 5, 2015

In June, we celebrate fathers in all their catch-playing, prom-date-interrogating glory. Of course, human males aren't the only males who parent. Whether underwater or up in the trees, dedicated dads abound in nature, as well. Here are a few you can spot in our parks.


1. Ostriches – Bronx Zoo

They may be known (inaccurately) for sticking their heads in the sand, but when it comes to parenting, these birds step up. Once the youngsters are born, dad teaches them how to feed and protects them from would-be predators.

6jqwfadu1s julie larsen maher 3109 ostrich afp bz 07 31 12
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS


2. Poison Dart Frogs – Central Park Zoo

These amphibians are the soccer parents of the animal kingdom. Once the eggs have developed into tadpoles, dad carries the youngsters to the water on his own back.

5x1nqiwpsz julie larsen maher 5040 dyeing dart frog tro cpz 02 28 07
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS


3. Swans – Queens Zoo

Not only are swans monogamous, moms and dads remain close to their young for about a year after they're born. Within the first few weeks of life, the cygnets even take to their parents' backs to stay warm and safe.

3l6bljoi4o julie larsen maher 2761 trumpeter swans wma qz 05 31 06
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS


4. Marmosets – Prospect Park Zoo

Fathers, take notes from these tiny primates. Since giving birth can take a toll on mom, dad picks up the slack with the newborns, grooming and caring for the young as the female recovers.

90z2kgckxc julie larsen maher 9656 golden lion tamarins ppz 05 02 14
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS


5. Clownfish – New York Aquarium

All anemonefish, better known as clownfish, are born male. When the female of the group dies, the dominant fish turns itself female and continues the breeding process.

5e6208pbfy julie larsen maher 9429 xenia coral and orange clownfish ch aq 03 30 11
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

We need your help

Right now, our conservationists are working tirelessly to save wild animals and wild places across four continents and four oceans.

Buy tickets now and get :

  • Instant Access

    Print tickets or use your phone for entry

  • Total Experience

    Visit all exhibits and attractions*

Check out our new mobile app!

Maximize your next trip to the zoo. Check out bronxzoo.com/app on your smartphone for park maps, real-time info, and more with our new app.

Need some direction? Get park maps, real-time info, and more with our new app.

I'm in the park

Visit the in-park app experience

Need some direction? Get park maps, real-time info, and more with our new app.

I'm in the park

Get 10% off tickets*

*Discount code valid only for total experience tickets.