A list of monogamous animals in honor of Valentine's Day
Feb 14, 2011
In honor of Valentine's Day, Discovery Company's TreeHugger website lists ten animals that are even more loyal and monogamous than humans.
These include the beaver, North America's largest rodent species; the Mexican gray wolf, which is protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the black vulture.
Most often, monogamy plays a strong role in reproduction and the health of future generations. For black vultures, both parents are necessary during egg incubation, and as a result, extra-"marital" copulation is heavily frowned upon.
The black vulture will attack "extra-pair copulation" when they witness it, even if it involves their neighbors and not their own partner.
The bald eagle, the national bird of the U.S., is also a monogamous creature and like the Mexican gray wolf, are among the FWS's endangered wildlife life, although recovery numbers have been good and they are no longer considered "threatened," according to National Geographic.
Over 1,200 animals are on the FWS's endangered wildlife list, including both invertebrates and vertebrates.