PODCAST Let’s talk about sex 6/6: At the zoo, animals live an uninhibited sexuality

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In zoo animals, sexuality is primarily for reproduction. But like humans, they love, flirt, and pleasure each other. Focus on the sex life of animals at the African Safari Zoo.

One might think that summer is conducive to animal rapprochement, but it is not. Your ardor knows no season. Proof of this is at the African Safari zoo in Plaisance-du-Touch, near Toulouse, where we booked a naughty visit with Sylvie Clavel, the veterinarian.

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For twenty years, Sylvie has pampered the sixty-eight species that live together in the park. “There are as many sexualities as there are different races, she assures, before responding to some ideas received. Yes, the rabbits live up to their reputation and the panda, on the contrary, is not very focused on the thing.” In this zoo, the visit starts by car, with the safari. You can see the elephants, whose coupling, very laborious, takes only about ten seconds. So, with the two-year gestation and the raising of an elephant being very long, couples only breed once every six or seven years. In the neighboring enclosure, many birds are splashing around a pond. Birds, with the exception of ducks, swans and ostriches, do not have a penis. “It’s impossible not to talk about the sex of the animals, let alone the big cats,” says the veterinarian, observing the lions’ dominance. In Plaisance, we have one male for several females to avoid fights. the heat at the same time. During mating, the lion holds its partner’s neck between its teeth to calm her. Attention needed because penetration is very painful for lionesses. The hairs present at the end of the male’s penis are hard as thorns and make women suffer.”

eccentric behaviors

“Look at these kangaroos,” Sylvie points out, through the door. They’re exhibitionists. In the animal world, all eccentricities are allowed.” Absolute monogamy like in apes, polygamy in lions, polyandry, all behaviors are found in the wild as well as in captivity. “Our pink flamingos mate in groups. In some parks, they’ve put up mirrors to create a mass effect and for breeding to take place.” On the contrary, the ardor of certain species must be limited. Dromedaries have reports of incredible violence. Care must be taken to ensure that the female and her child are not in danger “Our zoo must respect a European breeding plan. For example, at this time we must control the births of hippos. For this, we provide separate enclosures or means of contraception.” On the other hand, there is no need to intervene with rhinos. “We have an old couple here who are having platonic love. Like cheetahs, if there’s no competition, their lust dies down and the females’ menstrual cycle stops.” A reaction that could suggest that animal sexuality is more than just a means of reproduction. A theory supported by the prerogative of masturbation. Like humans, animals also practice solitary pleasure and are not lacking in imagination. Even if females are available, the monkeys don’t hesitate to pet each other. A way for males to regain control because, in most cases, it is the females who choose the lucky one and the moment of intercourse. “For example, the female cheetah makes life difficult for her suitors. We are currently introducing four to her. We hope there is one to her liking, but it is not won. If one of them gets too close when she is undecided, she may be very aggressive.”

misguided curiosity

Hedgehogs in action at the zoo in Plaisance-du-Touch.
African Safari Zoo

What bothers visitors the most is the porcupines’ sex life. “We are regularly asked how they manage to reproduce without getting hurt with their beaks,” laughs the vet. The answer is in consent. in the female who will judge if she lets herself be seduced by the rodent and then flatten the thorns.

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