Tails From The Zoo

Jungle Love – We’re Wild at Heart! January 29, 2009

The birds and the bees have long been used to explain mating but what about lusty lions or passionate peafowl? The Education Department at the Assiniboine Park Zoo has been helping to unravel the mysteries of animal courtship, mating and everything that goes along with “making babies” for several years now. In fact, this will be our 4th annual Valentine’s Day inspired look at the love lives of animals.

We like to keep this talk light, humorous and slightly shocking as we begin to explore the weird, the wacky and the sometimes downright dangerous mating habits of animals.  We’ll explain why plants would not bloom, birds would not sing, deer would not have such nice racks, hearts would not beat so fast and why much of what is flamboyant and beautiful in nature would simply not exist without sex.

Keep in mind that our talks are like most males, all talk and no action. Just a lot of fun. Here are a couple of examples…

Did you know?

  • The male green spoon worm is 200,000 times smaller than the female! He spends his whole life sitting in a special chamber inside the female fertilizing her eggs.
  • Female moorhens prefer the shortest, fattest males! If they are fat then they have enough food reserves to sit longer on a clutch of eggs and are more successful at hatching.

Wild at Heart: Two Presentations to choose from.

February 12 or February 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Coffee and desserts  will be served during the break.

Zoo Education Centre, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Corydon Ave Entrance

Please call us at 982-0664 to book your spot or visit http://www.zoosociety.com. Please note – there is a minimum age restriction on these talks – no children allowed due to the subject matter.

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