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Humans flirt like animals in dating show ‘Love within the Jungle’

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This latest dating show is wild — literally.  

“Love within the Jungle” premieres Sunday, May 8 (Discovery+) and features 14 singles looking to search out their inner sexy beasts. They’re placed in a non-public eco reserve in Colombia where they flirt and take part in mating rituals pulled straight out of the animal kingdom — all without with the ability to verbally communicate.

“It was very difficult without words, but you’ll be able to give them a bit of nudge on the shoulder to point out that you just’re interested. It almost comes from a spot of being playful, in order that was cool,” Stephan Davis, 31, a single on the show, told The Post.

“For me, it was definitely in the attention contact. Funny enough, you do get a bit of bit used to it and make connections with people who you never discuss with. It was the strangest experience. The cuddling and the kissing were almost amplified, to point out affection once we didn’t have the power to speak.” 

On the show, each single is given a special animal to represent and wear an emblem around their neck as a “token,” comparable to a koala or a tiger.

Stephan Davis embraces his inner buzzing bee in “Love within the Jungle.” MATADOR CONTENT LLC

Three singles flirt while sitting next to a watering hole. Singles Mikaela Florence and Jordan Rosengarten flirt nonverbally. Right: Paige Dacanay. MATADOR CONTENT LLC

Two shirtless men sit next to each other smiling. Singles Austin Nogiec and Dishon Isaac on “Love within the Jungle.” MATADOR CONTENT LLC

Davis, who’s from Long Island and is a model and behavior specialist working with the mentally disabled, was given a token of a bee. 

“We did a bunch of various personality evaluations,” he told The Post. “Bees’ way of communication is dancing, apparently. They do it for various reasons, like locating the very best flower or signaling that they wish to mate.”

Buzzing around his castmates wasn’t an enormous stretch, he said. “I used to be like ‘Wow, I dance around, I’m sort of that person after I’m in a room, in any case.’ So, I assume it correlates.” 

A man leans over a group of women wearing blindfolds, sitting in a line. Jordan Rosengarten makes animal noises in women’s ears as a part of a mating challenge. MATADOR CONTENT LLC

Paige Dacanay, 26, one other single on the show who’s from Los Angeles and works in software sales, was asked to channel her “inner starfish.”

“Starfish have a ton of nerve endings. So, I used to be attempting to tap into my emotional side and never hold back,” she told The Post.

She said she focused on eye contact to speak her interest in someone, and he or she also found herself doing a whole lot of soul-searching. “For me, personally, every little thing to start with was based off physical attraction. It made me realize, ‘I is likely to be physically drawn to this person, but I haven’t had a conversion with anyone. I might be drawn to this other person’s mind.’ ”

Was it awkward? “To start with, it was really uncomfortable,” Dacanay said. “But as we began embracing [the experience] we were like, ‘Let’s just embrace our inner animals and be wild together.’ ” 

Austin and Paige smile at each other standing in the woods. Paige Dacanay flirts with fellow single Austin Nogiec on “Love within the Jungle.” MATADOR CONTENT LLC

A man and a woman look at a map. Singles Dishon Isaac and Ashley Divendack take a look at a map on “Love within the Jungle.” MATADOR CONTENT LLC

Animal behavior expert Jennifer Verdolin, who consulted on the show and wrote the book “Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tells us About Human Relationships,” told The Post that she was excited concerning the show, since she thinks animal behavior translates well to human dating.

“There’s a whole lot of key things to look out for. I do think one really vital one which comes up right off the bat is to be choosy,” she said. “Sometimes we’re told, ‘Don’t be too picky.’ We actually are presupposed to be pretty picky, and this happens for every kind of animals, because making a alternative about who’s going to be your partner is pretty vital.”

She observed how attempting to lock down a possible partner too fast backfired for some singles on “Love within the Jungle.”

“This doesn’t work well since it doesn’t even reflect what other animals do. There’s a whole lot of sampling that goes on in other species. And so, I feel those who tried to secure and control access to a mate, and keep them from others quickly — it wasn’t going to work out well, in my view.”

A group of scantily clad people gather around a map. The forged of “Love within the Jungle” reads the directions to one in every of the challenges. MATADOR CONTENT LLC

A group of men stands in a line wearing antlers. The blokes of “Love within the Jungle” line up for one in every of the mating ritual challenges. MATADOR CONTENT LLC

For the audience watching, the singles occasionally talk on to the camera in confessionals, and in the event that they win a challenge, they get a likelihood to go on a non-public date where they’ll speak to one another. The “challenges” are mating rituals drawn from real practices in nature. For instance, to emulate how male frogs behave, the boys needed to attempt to push one another off a small rock on the water while the ladies watched. 

“The lads would do manly challenges to draw the females, and we were doing things like dancing,” said Dacanay. “It’s super fun and sexy and different. It will bring out different sides of them, and also you’d be like, ‘Wait, was that cute, I feel I liked that.’ So, it will make you take a look at the fellows otherwise.” 

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