Known for their elaborate dam building skills, beavers are monogamous creatures who stay together for life, living in family groups, or colonies, made up of parents and their offspring. Adults stay together in these colonies and care for their young for the first two years of their lives, teaching them valuable skills, before they go off to find their own mates.
They don’t just mate for life, but engage in an elaborate courtship ritual before settling down with a partner that consists of a precise sequence of dance moves when choosing a partner. They also raise their young together, before sending them off into the world to find their own mates.
Gibbons were once thought of as the perfect example of monogamy in non-human primates and one of the only primates who have monogamous relationships, but recent research has led scientists to believe their relationships are a little bit more complicated than they seem. Although still mostly monogamous, at least one study has found that gibbons will dump their partner and take up with a new one if the opportunity presents itself.
9. Titi Monkeys
Titi monkeys live mostly in the Amazon in small family groups consisting of parents and their young. These adorable and monogamous monkeys are believed to be very emotionally close and spend a lot of time near each other, cuddling, grooming each other and holding hands. Fathers in these tight-knit families also play a hugely important role as the main carrier and protectors of their young.
10. Sea Horses
Sea horses are unique and fascinating little creatures that live in a broad range of marine environments. Sea horses are technically considered a fish, but unlike most fish species, they form monogamous pairs that stay together for life. Sea horses are also known for the role the males play in reproduction. Females deposit eggs in the male’s pouch, where he fertilizes and carries them until giving birth.
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