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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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