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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo Credit: ©WCS

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