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 Meerkat Manor Movie Series
Season One
for describing the complex behaviors,
society, and culture of South African Meerkats.

Meerkat Manor Movie Series
Season One

Meerkat Manor Season One (2005) - 286 minutes
Meerkat Manor Season One at Amazon.com

With all the love, squabbling, self-sacrifice and rivalry found in any family, a group of meerkats struggles to survive in Africa's Kalahari Desert. Animal Planet's new 13-part series, MeerKat Manor, is All My Children meets Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Don't let their cuddly appearance fool you though - there's a good reason these meerkat families are called a "mob."

Narrated by Sean Austin of The Lord of the Rings and 24, Meerkat Manor was filmed with the assistance of Cambridge University, which is conducting a 10-year study on meerkats. From family quarrels to love affairs to backstabbing worthy of a Shakespearean tale, these fuzzy reality-TV stars pack a huge dramatic punch.

With cameras recording their every move, Meerkat Manor introduces viewers to the Whiskers, a family of meerkats, revealing their personalities over the course of the series. Researchers call the Whisker's matriarch "Flower," but she's neither delicate nor sweet - she doesn't let anyone boss her around! Putting her newborn pups before all others, Flower isn't afraid of conflict and will stop at nothing to get her way.

Zaphod, the patriarch, defends the Whiskers at all costs - especially against the rival gang of meerkats, the Lazuli. Zaphod seizes control of the family by overthrowing his brother and taking Flower as his own mate. It's Hamlet, only hairier.

But not all of the meerkats are fighters. A true hero, a meerkat called "Shakespeare," suffers a poisonous snakebite and rescues his brother from certain death. Carlos, a male from the rival Lazuli mob, finds himself in deep trouble when he woes three of the Whisker's leading ladies.

Season 1 Episodes 1-13 - 22 minutes each

1. A Family Affair 5. Childhood's End 9. Daisy's Choice
2. Love Thy Neighbor 6. Boys will be Boys 10. Flower Power
3. Some Like it Hot 7. Divided Loyalties 11. An Awfully Big Adventure
4. Revolution 8. The Good, The Bad, & The Desparate 12. The Calm Before the Storm
13. Moving On


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Meerkat Manor Movie Series
Season One

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Meerkat Manor Movie Series
Season One
for describing the complex behaviors,
society, and culture of South African Meerkats.