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 African Cats also for showing how
African cats struggle to survive in an ever smaller environment.

African Cats

African Cats (2011) - 89 minutes
African Cats at Amazon.com

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth and Oceans, come the epic journey African Cats. Set against one of the wildest places on Earth - you'll experience the extraordinary adventure of two families as they strive to make a home in an untamed land. Stunning high definition images take your breath away as you come face-to-face with these majestic kings of the savanna and their true-life love, humor and determination. Blending family bonds with the power and majesty of the wild, it's an exciting, awe-inspiring experience that will touch your heart.

12-26-16 Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes
Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes
The sleek, speedy cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. The report estimates that there are just 7,100 of the world's fastest mammals now left in the wild. Cheetahs are in trouble because they range far beyond protected areas and are coming increasingly into conflict with humans. The authors are calling for an urgent re-categorisation of the species from vulnerable to endangered. According to the study, more than half the world's surviving cheetahs live in one population that ranges across six countries in southern Africa. Cheetahs in Asia have been essentially wiped out. A group estimated to number less than 50 individuals clings on in Iran. (Webmaster's comment: The Cheetah population has fallen 75% since 1950. Mankind is driving the mass extinction of almost all the world's species except those we eat, and even some of them.)

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African Cats

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse African Cats also for showing how
African cats struggle to survive in an ever smaller environment.