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 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 Octopus: Making Contact
for showing us the most intelligent of the invertebrates.

Octopus
Making Contact

Octopus: Making Contact (2019) - 55 minutes
Octopus: Making Contact at Amazon.com

Octopus intelligence is well documented. They are able to navigate complex mazes, use tools, learn from each other, solve all kinds of puzzles and may even be able to dream! Octopus behavior has gone viral on the internet, showcasing their escape artistry with their ability to body morph and use camouflage. What is new in the world of octopus research is the extent to which these intelligent animals are individual personalities—able to recognize faces and interact with other individuals—all of which is an odd adaptation for an animal thought to live an asocial existence. NATURE follows this new science through the story of an octopus named "Heidi" and her evolving relationship with a passionate marine biologist and his teenage daughter. Professor David Scheel of the Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage links his discoveries to octopus findings from all over the world and explores how we and a creature so different from us could have so much in common.

Octopus
Making Contact

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Octopus: Making Contact
for showing us the most intelligent of the invertebrates.