Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse A Life Among Whales for describing
the world of whales and their communications with each other.

A Life Among Whales

A Life Among Whales (2005) - 55 minutes
A Life Among Whales at Amazon.com

Weaving together natural history and biography, this award-winning film is a fascinating exploration into the life and work of whale biologist and activist Roger Payne. Payne's controversial discovery in the early 1970's that whales sing "songs" helped ignite the modern day environmental movement. His pioneering spirit has consistently advanced the boundaries of science and activism over the past four decades.

With beautiful and haunting images, A Life Among Whales follows Dr. Payne's dedication to saving the whales and forces us to question our stewardship of the Earth and our co-existence with some of its most intriguing creatures.

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A Life Among Whales

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse A Life Among Whales for describing
the world of whales and their communications with each other.