Q:

What are some animals that mate for life?

A:

Quick Answer

Some animals that mate for life are gibbons, black vultures, wolves, albatrosses and prairie voles, according to Mother Nature Network. Gibbons are the closest relatives to humans that form lifelong bonds and mate for life.

  Know More

Full Answer

Gibbons have low sexual dimorphism, which means that males and females are roughly the same size, says MNN. Gibbon couples groom each other and hang in trees alongside each other. Another monogamous species is black vultures. These birds are known to attack other vultures that are caught philandering. Wolves are also loyal and devoted animals that stick with one partner. A pack of wolves is normally composed of a male, female and their offspring. This family setup is comparable to a nuclear family.

Albatrosses are birds that breed with one partner for life, states MNN. Although they fly lengthy distances over the oceans, they always go back to the same place when it's breeding time. The bonds between male and female pairs form over several years and last a lifetime. They often display their affection through ritual dances.

Although many rodents are known to be promiscuous, prairie voles are notably monogamous rodents that form relationships for life. They display a high level of supportive behavior, share responsibilities for nesting and raising pups, and huddle and groom each other.

Learn more about Animal Reproduction

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do eagles mate ?

    A:

    With over 60 species of eagles, there are no common breeding patterns shared by all of the species. The two more commonly known types of eagles, golden eagles and bald eagles, have intricate courtship displays. Both eagles are known to mate for life, although bald eagles do sometimes take another mate.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do cats mate?

    A:

    Cats copulate when a female enters her mating season and sends hormonal signals to nearby male felines that she is ready to breed. Female cats also make physical gestures to invite males to have sex, until a male finally mounts the female, penetrates her and bites her neck.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How often do rabbits mate?

    A:

    Rabbits in the wild mate continuously throughout their breeding season, which lasts from February through September. Female rabbits ovulate after they mate and are considered to be constantly fertile.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do chickens mate?

    A:

    Chickens do mate, in the sense that they engage in sexual copulation, although the anatomical details are different from mating in humans and other animals. Chickens, like many other birds, lack penises, so no penetration occurs during sex. Instead, mating chickens press their sexual organs together to transfer sperm.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore