13 Monogamous Animals That Mate For Life

Do you want some dating advice? You could learn a thing or two from the monogamous animals on this list, as they all mate for life. Whereas over half of marriages end in divorce, the animal pairs in the following photos usually stay together for the long haul. If certain birds, rodents, fish and even microscopic worms can remain faithful for life, do you think you can keep off Tinder and focus on your significant other? Swans are notoriously known to mate for life, but I bet some of the other animals on this list will surprise you. Take a look at the animal couples in the following photos that are a true testament to monogamy. Maybe some of them will inspire you to do the same.

  • Swans make monogamous bonds that can last many years or a lifetime. It looks romantic with their necks in a heart shape, but they actually stick together because the time spent chasing down a new mate each year would cut into chick-making time.
  • Gibbons are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. But, like humans, sometimes a mate is dumped or there is infidelity due to what we can only assume is an animal attraction.
  • Barn Owls
    Photo: Ian Kirk / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
    Not only do barn owls mate for life, but they also do things like cuddle to show affection to one another. When one owl dies, the other will go into a deep depression before willing itself to die.
  • You will rarely see one of these fish alone. They form lifelong bonds and together the couple protect their territory against nosy neighbors.