10 Animals That Mate For Life

These animals make a life-long commitment when they find their significant other. They are the rare 3-5% of the animal kingdom that are monogamous. There is no document that binds them, just unwavering loyalty and love.

While some of these animals are symbols for everlasting love, others may surprise you.



Swans are universal for love that last a lifetime. Their heads come together to form a heart and their beauty is captivating. The pair is loyal to each other and will only look for a possible new mate if one passes away. They are very protective of their territory and are quick to defend it.



Beavers not only mate for life, but both parents care for the offspring. The offspring, “kits”, stay with their parents until two when they will leave and look for a mate. They have a true partnership.

Aside from their loyalty to their mate, they are essential to the environment. According to Beavers And Wetlands, “Beavers’ ability to change the landscape is second only to humans.” When they are not busy building dams, they like to play practical jokes.



Gibbons are small apes that choose a mate for life. Once they have found that special mate, they protect their home with a loud song every morning that lasts roughly 30 minutes. They live most of their lives in the trees and travel from tree to tree by swinging on the branches. Enchanted Learning states, “A gibbon family has a territory of about 30 to 50 acres of old-growth rain forest. Each morning upon awakening a family group of gibbons loudly announces its presence in the forest, using a territorial hooting call and menacing gestures. This call warns other gibbons to stay out of their territory (and especially away from the local fruit trees).”

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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