Are any other animals monogamous?

Question from Helen Cross

There are examples of monogamy throughout the animal kingdom. Gibbons, swans and black vultures are all known to pair up with a single partner, although infidelities do occasionally happen.

Wandering albatross couples meet up every two years to breed, but one in ten of a female’s chicks may be fathered by an outsider. Prairie voles form lifelong bonds and often remain committed even if their partner dies with fewer than 20 per cent seeking a new mate


Answered by Katy Sheen for Brain Dump in How It Works issue 108.

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