Almost in Time for Pride Month: The London Zoo Celebrates Gay Mating, Gay Animals, & Gay Parents

[Screenshot from ZSL London Zoo,]
[Screenshot from ZSL London Zoo,]


The ZSL London Zoo is letting everyone know that animals are gay.


In celebration of the notion that two penguins are gay, the zoo is giving the whole joint a “Pride makeover.”

On July 5th, in addition to its normal (18+ only) Zoo Night festivities, the London Zoo will teach attendees about gender, mating, and same-sex animal pairings.

From a press release:

On top of Zoo Nights’ packed schedule of activities, visitors will be able to learn about gender and mating in the animal kingdom at a Pride-themed talk, where they’ll discover just how common same-sex pairings are – from penguins and pandas to goats and giraffes. Visitors can check out the Zoo’s pride of lions, enjoy delicious street food from around the world, and score a hole-in-one at the Zoo’s new mini-golf course.

And if that ain’t enough, they’ve designed a special banner for Penguin Beach — home of the touted tuxedoed two:

“Get Over It,” in case you didn’t know, is the slogan for a gay anti-bullying campaign.

The zoo says Ronnie and Reggie — the fabulously homosexual penguin pair — got together in 2014.

They adopted an abandoned egg a year later, sharing parenting duties until the little chick left the nest.


According to the zoo’s website, the two birds “remain as strong as ever and are often found snuggled up in their nest box together.”

Of the 93 penguins living at the facility, the London Zoo claims Ronnie and Reggie aren’t the only ones who are gay:

The duo share their home with 91 other penguins, including fellow same sex couples Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin, as well as one-year-old Rainbow who hatched during Pride celebrations last year and will celebrate her first birthday this weekend.

Who knew nature was so gay, right there in front of everybody, this whole time?

The Zoo may have a bone to pick with some people in France.

As reported by The Telegraph:

Penguins are not gay, despite new evidence of homosexual behaviour in the wild, they are just “same sex flirting” until they find a mate, according to a new study.

The homosexual behaviour of male king penguins has already been noted in zoos.

Now in a new study, scientists have found the evidence of male pairs in the wild. The research found that more than a quarter of the colony in Antarctica were in same sex partners, mostly two males.

In the past, it was claimed that penguins could not discern between the sexes because they looked alike. Male pairs in zoos in the US and Germany have hatched and reared ‘adopted’ chicks.

However, the new study by the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France found that the penguins are only pairing up with other males because they are “lonely.”

There are not enough females in the colony and the males have high levels of testosterone, which drives them to engage in mating displays – even if it is with other males.

Professor F Stephen Dobson, one of the authors of the study published in the journal Ethology, said the number of same sex pairs was actually lower than expected. When the colony was studied over time he found all the ‘gay’ penguins chose a heterosexual partner. A female pair also ‘split up’ to raise an egg with male partner.


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And enjoy information about an all-gay zoo, the superiority of gay dads, furry gay parents having furry gay kids, and hatching rocks in the video below, “Gay Penguins Make the Best Parents.”



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