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 Galapagos for showing how the
theory of evolution was developed from seeing how animal
life follows unique paths in isolated environments.

Galapagos
The Islands That Changed The World

Galapagos (2007) - 150 minutes
Galapagos at Amazon.com

Narrated by Tilda Swinton

The stunning special as seen on National Geographic Channel.

The Galapagos islands are a fascinating microcosm of our planet and home to some of the most astonishing creatures found anywhere on Earth: iguanas swim the sea like dragons, short-eared owls stalk petrels by day and 500 pound giant tortoises bellow over lava fields....

One thousand kilometers due west of Ecuador, where four major ocean currents unite, vast undersea volcanoes break the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Early explorers described these otherworldly island as "Las Encantadas" … 'the Enchanted Isles', but in time they became known as 'Galapagos,' the 'Islands of the Tortoises.'

Using spectacular Hi-Definition cinematography from land, sea and air, and blending dramatic landscapes with intimate animal behavior, drama reconstruction and stunning satellite imagery, this ambitious series presents the most complete portrait ever of these fascinating islands.

Galapagos reveals how wildlife has found the most enterprising ways to survive on this restless volcanic outpost, why these islands are such a fascinating showcase for evolution, and the profound forces that influence the delicate balance of life.

Against a backdrop of smoldering volcanoes, brittle lava fields, fields of giant cactus, and wave-pounded shores, witness blue-footed boobies plunge-diving into treacherous waters, sea lions surfing, the beautiful courtship dance of the waved albatross, Darwin's finches as crafty tool-users and hawks hunting marine iguanas.

Galapagos is unlike any other place on Earth.

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Galapagos
The Islands That Changed The World

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Galapagos for showing how the
theory of evolution was developed from seeing how animal
life follows unique paths in isolated environments.