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Are animals monogamous?

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. –Warren Beatty


Monogamous animals are uncommon, but monogamous mammals (like humans) are especially rare. When monogamy IS observed in the animal kingdom, it’s only seen in species that require that both adults support their offspring. So, given the huge amount of resources needed to raise children to adulthood, the (MOSTLY)┬ámonogamous behavior of humans is unsurprising.


Monogamous Animals:

Beavers: by Steve Creek

Waved Albatrosses - Galapagos Islands

Eagles Mating: by Dan Pancamo


Coyotes and roadrunners are monogamous, but not traditionally with each other.