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Do Any Animals Really Mate For Life?

Monogamy is difficult, even in the animal kingdom! Do any animals actually mate for life? Trace runs down a few animals that come close, and some that never cheat on their partner!

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“A North American species with a historic range from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico, the bald eagle is an Endangered Species Act success story.”

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“Gibbons are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life.”

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“Some mornings in the forests of Indonesia, a male and female gibbon will perform a musical duet.”

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“Monogamy is a rare bird in the animal kingdom, but some creatures do stay faithful forever.”

Gene switches make prairie voles fall in love

“Love really does change your brain — at least, if you’re a prairie vole.”

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“Monogamy is extremely rare. Of the 4,000 or so mammalian species, only a few percent are monogamous.”

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“Alcohol loosens the pair-bonding tendency in males but tightens it in females.”

12 Animals That Mate For Life

“Remember in that episode of ‘Friends’ when Phoebe tells Ross that Rachel is his ‘lobster,’ because lobsters fall in love and mate for life?”



Parental Division of Labor, Coordination, and the Effects of Family Structure on Parenting in Monogamous Prairie Voles

“Family relationships help shape species-typical social and emotional development, but our understanding of how this shaping occurs is still relatively limited.”

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