Feb 9

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’re featuring a few forlorn species looking for love. Read on to learn more about them and find out what they’re looking for in a perfect partner.

Sensitive Spaniard

Mallorcan midwife toad image

Name:  Monty

From: Mallorca

About me: Islander who loves the mountains and water sports. Quite competitive, but a sensitive guy who’s great with kids. Ready to deliver a good time, so get in touch if you’re looking to find your prince.



Shady lady

Large hairy armadillo image

Name: Gertrude

From: Argentina

About me: Shy singleton currently clawing my way back into the dating game after going underground for some time. Thick skinned. Looking for my knight in shining armour who doesn’t mind a hairy lady. If you think you might be able to dig me out of my solitude, visit my profile.


Buzzing boyfriend

Asian dwarf honey bee image

Name: Barry

From: Southeast Asia

About me: Primitive fellow but a good dancer with a bit of a sweet tooth. A hard worker who can sometimes get buried in my work. Sick of bumbling through life with no-one to love, I’m now looking for my queen. Call me if you want to be(e) my honey.



Hive hustler

Honey badger image

Name: Hortencia

From: South Africa

About me: Stocky, grey-haired lady looking for relatively independent male. Professional fumigator. Not a picky eater. Favourite film is Raiders of the Lost Ark-hive. Looking for someone to fill the hole in my heart. Dig out my contact details.



Common crustacean

Common hermit crab image

Name: Herbert

From: UK

About me: Shy sea-lover looking for someone to bring me out of my shell. After several evictions, am now working my way up the property ladder. Friends would say my worst trait is being a bit shellfish, but I like to mix with all sorts, and am looking for a mutually beneficial relationship. Call me in a pinch.


Flighty flasher

Juan Fernández firecrown image

Name: Juan

From: Chile

About me: Small chap who is proud of his appearance. Loves aerobatics. Bit hot-headed. Love my food and am fiercely protective of it – do not expect to share. With so few ladies about, it’s proving hard to find the fire-cracker I’m looking for. Get in touch if you want me to set your heart aflutter.


Golden guy

Leopard image

Name: Leonard

From: Kenya

About me: Fashionable feline with a keen eye for dining opportunities. Athletic and agile, loves climbing. Despite my powerful build, I can often go unnoticed. Am a bit of a stalker, but willing to change my spots for the right lady. Call me if you want me to whisk(er) you off your feet.



Resplendent reptile

Parson's chameleon image

Name: Carlton

From: Madagascar

About me: Quite a colourful character, able to adapt to most situations. Unique chap who likes to branch out and perform several bizarre party tricks. Likes to spend time alone, but needs to get a grip. Can be strong-headed at times – known to clash with other members of my sex. Big fan of mittens. Check out my profile to see me in all my guises.



Buff bovid

Asian buffalo image

Name: Bartholomew

From: Nepal

About me: Heavy-built bovine who loves a good mud bath. Looking to play the field and have a short-term relationship with a few strong-minded females. Enjoys water sports and hanging out with the lads. If interested, dial 0800-B-U-F-F.



Royal roe

Atlantic salmon image

Name: Simon

From: Norway

About: Water-loving athlete with an aptitude for high jump. Friends call me the King of Fish – I’m a good catch who will have you hooked. Looking to go the distance, even if it’s an uphill struggle. Happy to travel – life won’t be complete until I have met my perfect match. If, like me, you are willing to die for love, get in touch.


Which species on ARKive wins your heart? Comment below and let us know!


Kathryn Pintus, ARKive Content and Outreach Officer

  • Andy Phillips (February 10th, 2014 at 12:41 pm):

    Personally, I just wish Leonard was Leonora but each one of these delightful creatures are worth a place in somebody’s heart! Let’s hope they all find lurvvv!

  • Lisa Karlhuber (February 11th, 2014 at 9:01 am):

    Good for me that it’s not Leonora but Leonard becacuse I’d like to be whisked of my feet! But since I’ve got a sweet tooth too, maybe Barry would be the right one for me? Or Monty who’s good with kids – because caring for your offsping is a big big bonus! ; ) What a difficult decision, they are all very lovely and unique! I really hope these girls and guys find their loved one – thank you ARKive Team for the lovely idea!

  • Dylan (February 11th, 2014 at 11:07 am):

    Sorry but my heart is won over by fireflies with their gorgeous glow

  • Majestic sheep (February 11th, 2014 at 4:57 pm):

    It has to be Buff Bovid Bartholomew for me!! Had me in stitches!!

  • Cindy (February 12th, 2014 at 6:36 am):

    Oh it has to be Barry. Such a honey and always so busy. And I was married to him once……

  • Etienne (February 14th, 2014 at 8:27 am):

    What’s in a name? Give Love a chance, if you are able to.

  • vaz (February 14th, 2014 at 9:44 am):

    They all deserve a companion,regardless of size and habits and the choice is Cornelian.The puns under each heartbreaking picture are somewhat conventional but for once amusing and catchy.I don’t dare make a choice among those lovely ceatures because my wife who loves pets all year around is a very jealous person on Valentine’s day and wishes to be and remain the unique choice for the entire day!! I

  • lynn (February 14th, 2014 at 1:41 pm):

    lovely article and beautiful photos- i always enjoy getting your emails.

  • Sally (February 14th, 2014 at 4:09 pm):

    Lovely — ALL of them!

  • Mike (February 14th, 2014 at 7:13 pm):

    Interesting! I hope that everyone is having a happy Valentine’s Day! Cool article!

  • Diane (February 16th, 2014 at 3:46 am):

    Thank you! Beautiful creatures featured, I wish them all to survive and thrive!