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 Animals Make Us Human for explaining
how we can make our pets happy. What could be better than that.

Animals Make Us Human
Creating the Best Life for Animals
By Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

Animals Make Us Human (2010) - 352 pages
Animals Make Us Human at Amazon.com

How do you give your animal the best life? The best-selling author of Animals In Translation shows us surprising new ways to make our pets and other animals happy.

The acclaimed animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin has always had an uncanny ability to go inside the mind of animals. "Autism made school and social life hard, but it made animals easy," she says. In her best-selling book Animals In Translation she used that insight to change forever the way we look at animals. Now, in Animals Make Us Human, she will change forever the way we treat them, revolutionizing our ideas about what animals want and need - on their terms, not ours.

Can a dog be happy if you have to leave him alone for most of the day? Is the lion that paces all day in the zoo miserable or just exercising? Should you train your cat? Why do gerbils dig so much? How can we keep our animals from panicking at the vet's? Drawing on almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience, Grandin answers these and countless other questions by focusing on the emotional needs all animals share. Animals have feelings, she argues, and we need to stimulate their positive emotions - seeking and play - while ensuring that they're free from the negative ones - fear, panic, and rage - if they're going to have a truly good life. With the stories and practical insights that are her hallmark, Grandin explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs, cats, horses, wildlife, and farm and zoo animals, and lets us see happiness through the eyes of our animals.

Animals Make Us Human is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

One of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, Temple Grandin offers remarkable insights into animal behavior from her unique position at the intersection of autism and science. She has a Ph.D. in animal science and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is also the author of four previous books, including the classic autism memoir Thinking in Pictures. Throughout her career Grandin has spearheaded reform of the quality of life and humaneness of death for farm animals. She lectures widely on both animal science and autism.

Catherine Johnson, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain. She cowrote Animals In Translation and served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research for seven years. She lives with her husband and three sons - two of whom have autism - in New York.

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Animals Make Us Human
Creating the Best Life for Animals
By Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Animals Make Us Human for explaining
how we can make our pets happy. What could be better than that.