After these several days are done, the female is no longer receptive to the male, and he goes off on his own. He may have several females in his much larger territory and therefore may breed many females over the course of his lifetime. The female will then hopefully get pregnant, give birth to a litter of several cubs and raise them for the next couple of years before the process repeats itself.
You might notice that there was no talk of cuddling or spooning with these magnificent creatures. They truly do not enjoy each other’s company. In the minutes and hours in-between mountings by the male, they will rest and sleep away from each other and the male will patiently wait until the female presents herself again. So, for those of you anti-cuddlers out there, next time your partner complains, just say it works for tigers, it can work for you too!
Dallas Zoo has an event Saturday 2/9/19 called Love Birds and Wild Things where you will learn shockingly true facts about mating in the animal kingdom – an adult only event sure to be a good time.
Oakland Zoo has an Adults Animal Amore Valentine’s Day Tour on 2/14/19 and 2/17/19 where guests will learn about mating and recruitment rituals, among many other lovey topics.
Wellington Zoo in New Zealand has love themed animal talks at their evening event on 2/14/19.
And if all of this talk about love has you feeling down and out, Hemsley Conservation Centre in England might have just what you’re looking for. For a $2 donation, you can have a cockroach named after an ex, which is quite frankly one of the best ideas we’ve ever heard of.