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 Honey Badgers not for showing us
their aggressive behavior but for showing us their intelligence.
Working together they open bolt latches wired shut. They
set up poles, pile up rocks, or whatever is available,
to get out of cages. Do chimps do this?

Honey Badgers
Masters of Mayhem

Honey Badgers (2014) - 60 minutes
Honey Badgers at Amazon.com

"Honey badger is bad ass." Those words and a corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with over 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is one of the most fearless animals in the world, renowned for its readiness to confront grown lions and terrify rhinos, and its ability to shrug of the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive. Badger specialists in South Africa take on these masters of mayhem in ways that must be seen to be believed. They set out to study them, to stymie them, to rescue them, or to keep them as pets, but in the end, it's the honey badgers that always seem to come out on top because honey badgers never give up, never give in. As one of their admirers puts it, "The honey badger is so brave and so courageous and so determined that you can't help but love him!"

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Honey Badgers
Masters of Mayhem

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Honey Badgers not for showing us
their aggressive behavior but for showing us their intelligence.
Working together they open bolt latches wired shut. They
set up poles, pile up rocks, or whatever is available,
to get out of cages. Do chimps do this?