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 Animal Odd Couples for showing us
the many animal friendships that are established between species.

Animal Odd Couples

Animal Odd Couples (2012) - 60 minutes
Animal Odd Couples at Amazon.com

A lion and a coyote, a tortoise and a goose, a goat and a horse, a dog and a deer - cross-species relationships are now being documented in increasing numbers in zoos and sanctuaries around the world. As the stories and field reports multiply, scientists have begun to reconsider what was once conventional wisdom - that humans are the only animals capable of emotions and friendships.

One scientist has spent over six years studying relationships between non-related monkeys, hoping to learn whether their social bonds, their "friendships," can provide clues as to how friendship evolved in people. Animal behavior experts Marc Bekoff and Temple Grandin offer their insights on what we can learn from interspecies relationships, and caretakers of unlikely animal couples in sanctuaries and zoos offer their own experiences with long-term bonds between species that seem to defy past assumptions.

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Animal Odd Couples

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Animal Odd Couples for showing us
the many animal friendships that are established between species.