Homosexual Behavior: Animal Kingdom

Homosexual is always a debatable issue among humans; does animal kingdoem exhibits homosexual behavior? Shall we take a look at animals with homosexual behavior? Some homosexual behavior of animals include caressing, mounting, etc. Some of these animals include bonobo, Japanese macaque, etc.

There is documented evidence about homosexual behavior in animals; do you wish to know what animals exhibit homosexual behavior? A researcher by name Bruce Bagemihl started his research on homosexual behavior in animals in the year 1999 and found out that nearly 1,500 species exhibit such behavior. He was able to document about 500 species among those 1,500 species.

Some of the animals that exhibit homosexual behavior are as follows:

1. American Bison:

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American Bison is one of the few animals that have beautiful horns; do you know they exhibit homosexual behavior? Mounting and anal penetration is found to be very common among bulls and mounting is common among female American Bison.

2. Bonobo:

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Bonobo was earlier called as “Pygmy Chimpanzee.” It is an endangered species. They have a matriarchal society and female-female homosexuality is very common in this species. It is found that nearly 60% of sexual activity is found to be between two or more females; this is considered to be the highest frequency of homosexuality among species where homosexual behavior is known. An interesting share about homosexual behavior in this species is that they use sex to divert the attention of the other bonobo.

3. Elephants:

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It is found from the research that Asian and African elephants exhibit homosexual behavior. They have shown same sex bonding and mounting. The behaviors include kissing, placing the trunk of one elephant inside the mouth of other elephant, trunk intertwining, etc. This behavior is common in both the sexes; however, more common in male elephants that are staying away from their herd. The interesting part of this homosexual behavior in elephants is that such a relationship last for many years; the heterosexual relationship is of a fleeting nature.

4. Giraffe:

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All of us know certain facts about giraffe like they are the tallest animals, they are herbivorous, etc., but how many of us know that they exhibit homosexual behavior? It is found that the male giraffes exhibit homosexual behavior and it is more frequent behavior when compared with heterosexual coupling. Do you know the percentage of homosexual behavior in male giraffes? It is whooping 94%. Female giraffes too exhibit homosexual behavior; however, it is just 1%. Few homosexual behaviors among male giraffes include necking, caressing, courting and mounting.

5. Japanese Macaque:

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Japanese Macaque is also called as the snow monkey. They are called as saru in Japan. In this species, both male and female exhibit homosexual behavior; however, the ratio in females is higher when compared with males. There are various troops in Japanese Macaque and females from various troops exhibit homosexual behavior. These relationships last anywhere between few days to few years. Male Japanese Macaque may have homosexual relationship with a number of partners.

6. Lions:

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Both genders of lions show homosexual behavior. Their homosexual behavior includes nuzzling, caressing, mounting and thrusting. According to studies, nearly 8% of the male lions indulge in homosexual relationship. Female lions too exhibit homosexual behavior; however, it is found to occur when they are captive. There are no observations of female lions indulging in homosexual relationship in the wild.

Homosexual behavior – is it against nature or accepted by nature?  I think this is a question that will create controversies; I hope you enjoyed knowing about homosexual behavior in animal kingdom.

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45 Responses to “Homosexual Behavior: Animal Kingdom”
  1. Nykesha Alexandra Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 5:31 am

  2. margaridab Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Interesting article. I didn’t know it was so common on animals.

  3. Sweety Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Intereting article and well researched. Homosexuality in animals is different from humans. Many religious tests abhor the idea of homosexuality in humans.

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  4. LCM Linda Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Interesting topic. I haven’t thought of this before. Great share.

  5. Rana Sinha Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Animals do it naturally, it seems. But everything is different for humans and religions seem to have strong stand on sexuality.

  6. SimplyShash Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:12 am

    After all nature drives everything. Animals getting involved in homo-relations is no different. Good share.

  7. Uma Shankari Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Was it at Triond that I read another article on the same subject? Animal behavior does give some indication of the driving factors. But even if it is as much natural to humans as well it is going to take a long time to gain acceptance.

  8. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Great info and read. I wrote on this topic before. Animals like humans have a sexual instinct too :-)

  9. Suni51 Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Nice job, pics are great and you have done a good research.

  10. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:08 am

    A very interesting and well researched piece. I hadn’t thought about animal homosexuality before, but you have shown that it feels quite natural to them.


  11. Rhodora Bande Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Interesting topic. Lol! The thought never crossed my mind..not until I read your article.

  12. Sourav Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Interesting article…

  13. awesome11 Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Nice write dear ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  14. gaby7 Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Then why are blaming humans, looks like God sometimes wires his creatures with homosexual tendencies!

  15. suhail Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 8:08 am


  16. vijayanths Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

    this is news to me.

  17. Angelgirlpj Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Some how I don’t like the idea anymore with animals than I do with humans. Wrong is wrong!

  18. strategy03 Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Great writing. I like this

  19. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Why is everyone surprised? No other kingdom exhibits homosexuality other than the animal kingdom to which even humans belong.

  20. Starpisces Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

    very interesting. No wonder people always say people are just like animals….

  21. Raj the Tora Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

    this is news to me. I always thought that they just play-practice, but never knew that they would thrust. Sex is sex after all :)

  22. fishfry aka Elizabeth Figueroa Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

    This was a very informative article, something I had never considered before. Sure did catch my attention!

  23. Phoenix Montoya Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    These are excellent facts. Entertaining pics too. Thanks.

  24. rajeev bhargava Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    a very interesting and informative article. thanks for sharing,

  25. albert1jemi Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    geat share

  26. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    If animals do it, then it must be natural.

  27. Shirley Shuler Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    A very interesting article indeed, I never thought much about homosexuality in animals before.

  28. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On November 16, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Animals act on instincts alone. We humans can’t make that as an excuse, because aside from natural instincts, we’re also given a moral compass. We may choose to act on our instincts but deep inside, we know something is not right.

    This is a very interesting read. Surprising and I never thought about it also. Learned something new today. Yes I agree about the lions…not them! :-)

  29. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 12:23 am

    one person above wrote that the Bible says it is a sin.. well.. not everyone believes the Bible, and not every version of the Bible considers it a sin.

    It is clearly NATURAL BEHAVIOR, people need to deal with it.. it also looks like some people are still unaware that humans ARE animals..

  30. Kaye TM Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

    interesting.. excellent share!

  31. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for that.


  32. obikelvin Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Great pics in blog.Very explicit.I enjoyed the view.thanks

  33. Prism Says...

    On November 18, 2010 at 1:20 am

    “We humans can’t make that as an excuse, because aside from natural instincts, we’re also given a moral compass.”

    Are you suggesting, then, that homosexual humans need to make excuses for their behavior? It seems to me that you are of the belief that humans who are attracted to the same sex ought to make the ‘morally correct’ choice and only partner with members of the opposite sex. Basically, that they should choose to be unhappy because that is what society considers right.

  34. stephany Says...

    On November 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    We have a more developed brain compared to these animals and we humans are wired differently so it’s possible that what we see as wrong could be right with them.

  35. DAN MCHARDY Says...

    On November 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Being gay is very coomon with animals, but no one seems to care so much about monkeys being gay as humans…

  36. DAN MCHARDY Says...

    On November 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Being gay is very coomon with animals, but no one seems to care so much about monkeys being gay as humans… lol

  37. J M Lennox Says...

    On December 1, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I hadn’t thought about this before, but you have shown us that it is definitely a natural instinct. A very good well researched article.

  38. Gerald Queener Says...

    On December 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    This was a great and informative article. Those who won\’t accept homosexual behavior as part of nature are in denial.

  39. some guy Says...

    On February 25, 2011 at 12:50 am

    First off we cannot know for sure why certain animals are exhibiting this kind of behavior. It is easy to try and apply human rationale to it, but that does not work in the animal kingdom. It could just be a way of asserting dominance and not really have a sexual reason or drive behind it at all. In any case homosexual behavior is not homosexual orientation. So it is pretty much a guarantee that these animals will reproduce heterosexually without any problems changing back to do so. Not to mention I doubt the majority of animals spend their lives like this. This behavoir is most certainly to be considered relatively rare in their lifespan, and abnoral in most species.

  40. Lannie Says...

    On March 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I can not believe I came upon this article. Funny since my Mother has said many times when talking about homosexuality that even animals do not do that, lol!! Well do I have news for her, oh my she will be so shocked i think.
    In a way its rather disturbing, I have thought that for a few exceptions people choose their sexual behavior but maybe not/ I have no phobia about it all though having a nephew who is gay I think its a harder lifestyle by far. Of course that is due to other peoples opinions and narrow mindedness.
    Very interesting for sure.

  41. Ken Says...

    On April 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I think the key point is that nature – whatever you are born with, whatever god gives you – shows that animals have homosexual behaviors for whatever the reasons (dominance, distraction, companion, survival). We might not know why we (animals) exhibit homosexual behaviors but obviously it happens naturally. Once you start applying morality, human emotions, religions to sex, it gets complicated. This article said nothing about those. It just tries to show that homosexuality happens in many mammals (and in other species too) naturally. So whoever thinks it is still “wrong” should ask themselves what makes it “wrong”. Our moral compass is based on society constraints (steal, kill, rob) and differs by different societies (although more or less they are the same, think about tribes in amazon forest vs new york city). The only thing that makes homosexuality ‘wrong’ is bible. So ask yourself…maybe bible is not what you think it is. It could be just a story book written 2000 years ago with different morality/rules (marry your brother’s wife if she became widow, marry many wives) and bad science (earth is flat, we are center of universe).

  42. contributer Says...

    On August 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    other researchers stated it is not an instinct, it is more like dominance, showing power or sensory conflict for animal rather than being homosexual as in human context. those animals do not replace normal sex relation with homosexuality….

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  45. john Says...

    On December 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Dominance behavior fails to cover species exhibiting reciprocity.
    Check out orca – there’s a short clip showing two males penetrating each other at the same time.

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