Who Do You Love?

February 10, 2016

You may be snuggling up with your honey this Valentine's Day or hitting the town. Either way, you bear some resemblance to animals out there. Check out our list of monogam-ish vs. single species.

And don't forget about our Valentine's Day mascot, Madagascar hissing cockroaches. There's still time to Name a Roach for your sweetheart this holiday season.

Monogam-ish Animals

If you're a romantic at heart these animals will make your day. They may not stick strictly to one mate, but they come pretty close.

1. Swans (Northern Ponds)

Mating for swans is a noisy affair, but it lasts a lifetime.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS

2. Bald Eagles (Birds of Prey)

These 'love birds' mate for life and their bond gets stronger as their nest does.

3. Penguins (Aquatic Bird House)

A penguin love connection lasts through the mating season.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS

4. Gibbons (JungleWorld)

Once these primates pair up they sing long complex songs together.

Single and Ready to Mingle

Monogamy isn't for everyone or every animal. In fact, these species prefer multiple mates throughout their lives for survival and reproduction.

1. Sea Lions (Astor Court)

There's more to love with sea lions, which is why they live in harems.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS

2. Komodo Dragons (Zoo Center)

Outside of mating season Komodos take solitude seriously – females can even reproduce asexually.

3. Tigers (Tiger Mountain)

Male tigers won't be winning Father of the Year anytime soon. Females raise the cubs alone.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS

4. Grizzly Bears (Big Bears)

Female bears may mate with multiple males to get pregnant before hibernating and giving birth in their winter dens.

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