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Published February 14, 2014, 08:27 PM

It's mating season time at Red River Zoo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Who says romance is dead, around this time of year, the staff of the Red River Zoo tries to play matchmaker.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Who says romance is dead, around this time of year, the staff of the Red River Zoo tries to play matchmaker.

The lighting has to be just right and depending on preference, you might have to croon a little.

No, we're not talking about your Valentine’s Day game plan, we're talking about captive breeding.

Erick Lamun/Red River Zoo General Curator: "And here at the Red River Zoo in Fargo, they breed two species in particular better than anywhere else in the entire continent.

Lamun: "The Red River Zoo is actually the most successful Chinese Red Panda breeding facility in North America with a quarter of all pandas being born right here in Fargo."

The zoo is also the only AZA accredited facility that has consistently found success breeding pallas cats-- a wild high altitude feline native to Asia.

And both species are in the prime of their mating season right now.

Lamun: "We have our fingers crossed this year that there will be lots of spring babies. It's Valentines Day, there's love in the air around here."

For its work, The Red River Zoo became the only small market facility to ever win the AZA's prestigious Edward H. Bean Award.

So, what makes Lamun Dr. Love? And the Red River Zoo a figurative dating service?

Lamun: "We devout a lot of extra effort with these species that might not be given to them at some of these larger zoos to make sure that we're housing them properly and giving them all the adequate space and meeting all their needs."

Additionally, a few species also require gender separation for most of the year.

So, the main takeaway ladies and gentleman...

A little TLC and distance... might prove to be an ultimate aphrodisiac.

On Monday, President's Day, children's admission to the Red River Zoo is free.

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