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 Endangered Animals for showing us the
extreme danger we place ourselves in by causing animal extinctions.

Endangered Animals
Take an alarming look at planet Earth's Most
Endangered Species in a global call to action

Endangered Animals (2009) - 110 minutes
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The Loneliest Animals

Around the globe, unique and fascinating species face extinction from hunting and habitat destruction. Biologists, conservationists, wildlife preservation centers, and zoos work to breed and shelter rare and critically endangered animals when and where they can. But many species are down to the last few of their kind and face an critically uncertain future.

George, a Pinta Island tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, is the very last of his kind. For centuries, his species kept sailors and pirates well-fed on the high seas. Sadly, when George dies, millions of years of evolution will come to an end.

Other species, like Spix's macaws, lemurs, Iberian lynxes, rhinos, black-footed ferrets, and Chinese rafetus turtles, were well on their way to joining George as the last of their kind until help arrived.

The Loneliest Animals follows the plight of these incredible, charismatic creatures and the struggles of the dedicated conservationists who fight for them. Academy Award®-winner F. Murray Abraham narrates.

Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Frogs have inhabited planet Earth for more than 360 million years. Today, however, all their remarkable adaptations and survival tactics are failing them. More than a third of all amphibians most of which are frogs and toads have already been lost, and more are disappearing every day.

Habitat loss, pollution, and a human population that has doubled in the past 50 years have set the stage for their diminished numbers. And now, a fungus called chytrid has been found as the major culprit, but so far the spread of the fungus can't be stopped.

Scientists are finding that chemical compounds within frogs skins can be used to treat pain and block infections, and are even being explored as HIV treatments. Our chances for the discovery of future medical miracles may be slipping away with the disappearance of these tiny creatures in our midst.

Their impact on the world's ecosystems is great. The race is on to stem the tide before the next frog crosses the thin, green line.

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Endangered Animals
Take an alarming look at planet Earth's Most
Endangered Species in a global call to action

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Endangered Animals for showing us the
extreme danger we place ourselves in by causing animal extinctions.