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 How Smart Are Animals?
for describing the incredible intelligence level of
dogs, dolphins, octopuses, and parrots.

How Smart Are Animals?

How Smart Are Animals? (2011) - 60 minutes
How Smart Are Animals? at Amazon.com

How Smart Are Dogs? New discoveries are revealing that "man's best friend" is smarter than we ever thought, with a brain that resembles our own in ways we never imagined. Travel to Wolf Park, where scientists are tracing the evolutionary path that turned wild animals into our cuddly companions...and meet a superdog with a vocabulary over 1000 words!

How Smart Are Dolphins? Off the coast of Honduras, on Roatan Island, a legendary experiment in dolphin communication is being attempted for the first time in 20 years - one that could prove that dolphins can coordinate with each other and be creative on cue.

How Smart Is an Octopus? Octopuses and cuttlefish are some of the weirdest creatures on earth. They perform fantastic feats of camouflage, boast surprisingly large brains, and can even solve problems-like how to get tasty shrimp out of a twist-top jar. But are these remarkable behaviors truly a sign of intelligence?

Profile: Irene Pepperberg & Alex An unlikely scientific team, Irene Pepperberg and her talking parrot, Alex, revolutionized scientists' ideas about animal communication and intelligence. Yet even after Alex's premature death, Pepperberg still struggles to convince some critics that Alex's accomplishments - counting, reasoning, identifying shapes and colors - are more than mere party tricks.

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How Smart Are Animals?

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse How Smart Are Animals?
for describing the incredible intelligence level of
dogs, dolphins, octopuses, and parrots.