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 Kangaroo Mob for showing us that
just like raccoons in United States cities, Kangaroos in Australian
cities can cause serious problems for the species concerned.

Kangaroo Mob

Kangaroo Mob (2012) - 60 minutes
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Meet the mob of kangaroos moving into Australia's capital city and the ecologists following their every move. After 15 years of drought, Canberra's kangaroos have learned that parks, gardens, and private lawns are a reliable source of juicy grass, but it comes at a price. The life of an urban kangaroo is not easy. It requires learning to negotiate busy roads and avoiding cars and dogs.

Over the course of one drought-stricken year we follow mob leader Black Spot and kangaroo mom Madge as she tries to teach her two young joeys - mischievous Sonny and tiny pouch-bound Alice - the skills they will need to make it in the big city. But when the city announces a cull to control the growing numbers of kangaroos, their lives are in serious danger. Public opinion is polarized - are the kangaroos pests that need to be eradicated, or a protected national icon to be saved at all costs?

A local wildlife sanctuary promotes rehabilitation and release as a solution to the problem. And a team of government ecologists hopes to provide some answers with a 12-month study using GPS to track the mob's movements. Here's a look at what happens when human development encroaches on wildlife habitat and two very different species are forced to co-exist.

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Kangaroo Mob

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Kangaroo Mob for showing us that
just like raccoons in United States cities, Kangaroos in Australian
cities can cause serious problems for the species concerned.