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Sex in a Cage

Posted by shadmia on February 14, 2007


Humans do it. The birds and the bees do it. Wild animals do it. Even our captive friends in zoos do it. In fact Valentine’s Day is the time of year when zoo operators organize special adult-oriented tours of love in the animal kingdom. Some tours are so successful that additional days are scheduled for the overflow.

With names like “Woo at the Zoo” “Jungle Love” and “Wild Love at the Zoo” operators of many of the nation’s zoos plan special fund raising events with an amorous edge aimed at attracting new adult audiences. A typical tour couples champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and candlelight dining with impressive facts about how animals do the wild thing. Priced at around $50 per person these Valentine’s Day functions can be an important fund raising tool for many zoos.

So what can you learn on one of these special Valentine’s Day tours? For the most part it is all talk and very little action. Here are some interesting facts:


  • Male pigs have a unique corkscrew endowment and impressive, um, output
  • Manatees have orgies and don’t really care if their partners are male or female
  • A male porcupine has only one four-hour window a year to mate
  • Whales have like 10-foot-long whatevers.
  • Bonobos and Dolphins like humans also have non-reproductive sex
  • Bonobos are the only non-human apes to have been observed engaging in
    • Face-to-face genital sex
    • Tongue kissing
    • Oral sex
  • Roy and Silo are two gay penguins living at Central Park Zoo in Manhattan


The concept of Valentine’s Day at the zoo was the brainchild of Jane Tollini a former penguin keeper who, more than 20 years ago described penguin mating rituals as “bowling pins making love”.

“Sex sells. No matter what,” Tollini said. “I wish I had a nickel for everybody that has copied me.”

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