#1 Dad(s)! 5 Fantastic Fathers in the Animal Kingdom

June 15, 2023

We wanted to wish a happy (early) Father’s Day to all the #1 Dad’s out there, both human and animal father’s alike!

In honour of Father’s Day and as a tribute to all the fantastic fathers in our lives, we are showcasing 5 awesome animal dads who go above and beyond for their families.

Emperor Penguin

The Emperor Penguin dads are some of the most dedicated fathers in the animal kingdom. Once the female lays her egg, she sets out to sea to find food and the father takes over babysitting duties. He will keep the egg warm by carefully balancing the egg between his feet and belly and does not move or eat for about 2 months to ensure the chicks survival. Once mom returns, dad will go off on his own journey to replenish himself.

Photo by: Martin Wettstein


Male seahorses break all the rules when it comes to parenting – they are one of the only male species in the animal kingdom that give birth! The mom will deposit her eggs into the males pouch and his job is to fertilize and incubate them for about 2-4 weeks (depending on the species) until tiny seahorses are born.

Photo by Brendan Beale


Wolf dads are very attentive to their pups and help feed, protect, and play with them. The father is responsible for guarding the den and hunting for food. Earthroots works to protect Ontario's threatened Eastern wolf. Check out our work here.

Photo by M L

Red Fox

Like wolves, male red foxes enjoy playing with their pups. The father will hunt for food every day for his pups and once they are a few months old, he will teach them how to hunt and scavenge for themselves. He will sometimes even hide food to teach them how to sniff out tasty meals.

Photo by Jeremy Hynes


Male beavers help look after their newborns within the first few hours of birth. When the kits are older, dad will teach them how to search for and collect building materials for their dams before they go off to look for a mate.

Photo by Svetozar Cenisev

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