Zoo animals share tips to “love-birds” this Valentines
Roses are red, violets are blue… love is in the air and Zoo animals have a couple of tips to share for new “love birds”. Relationships can be hard to maintain and sometimes stressful. However, during Valentines Day everyone gets consumed in the spirit of love. Animals at the Zoo are also in the mood and we can learn a couple of things about love from them.

For the Spectacle Bears, love is not a “fling” as these bears have been together for over 6 years. Valentine, the male, and Tumu, the female, were introduced when they were in their teens and can be seen taking love strolls in their enclosure throughout the day. They support each other in every way with Valentine guiding Tumu to hidden treats.

Another couple we can learn from is the African Hippos Hlanganani and Sandrock. This couple will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year. For them, Valentines Day is everyday as they spend most of their time together with Hlanganani often resting on Sandrock’s back.

The Buffed Cheek Gibbons on the other hand, are enjoying parenthood. The pair, Gabby and Mal, have been blessed with a cute baby and they spend their days nurturing the little one. Their love grows on a daily basis as they build their small buffed cheeked family.

The Johannesburg Zoo provides a perfect setting for couples looking to celebrate Valentines’ Day and rekindle their love. The Lush gardens, birds singing, roar of the lions and animals in love create that romantic island needed to inspire lasting relations. So this Valentines Day, forget Shakespeare and take a page from our animal’s book with a visit to the zoo.

Prepared by Kevin Halama and issued by Letta Madlala Brand and Communications Manager on behalf of the Johannesburg Zoo.

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