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 Charlie and the Curious Otters
for showing us an animal with excellent survival
skills on both land and in water.

Charlie and the Curious Otters

Charlie and the Curious Otters (2017) - 60 minutes
Charlie and the Curious Otters at Amazon.com

Otters can be found on nearly every continent, but their amazing and powerful physical abilities are surprisingly unknown to us. Covering up to 25 miles a day on ground and swimming a quarter mile without coming up for air, otters are the ultimate predator on both land and water. But they are also endangered. They fear people and remain elusive as otters are hunted for sport and fur. However, otters are survivors - not one of 13 otter species have become extinct. Otter conservationist and wildlife filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James follows the story of three, inquisitive river otter orphans in Wisconsin and visits otters all over the globe - from a tame Asian small-clawed otter living in Somerset, England to the river otters of Peru's Amazon to the Alaskan sea otters.

Join Charlie on his expedition as he captures never-seen-before behavior of curious otters on footage and uncovers the secrets to their survival using some groundbreaking experiments, cool cameras, and anatomical CGI.

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Charlie and the Curious Otters

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Charlie and the Curious Otters
for showing us an animal with excellent survival
skills on both land and in water.