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 Outback Pelicans for showing how
adaptable birds are and how they fill every available environmental
niche. They rival humans in this respect. They live in the winter
in the Antarctica for months in their unclothed bodies.
We won't last 5 minutes without our technology.

Outback Pelicans

Outback Pelicans (2011) - 60 minutes
Outback Pelicans at Amazon.com

The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos, but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every ten years or so, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create an oasis in the scorching heart of the desert, and 100,000 pelicans - a third of all the pelicans in Australia - arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods, and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans, which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few short days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The Lake Eyre pelicans court and raise as many chicks as possible before the short-lived bounty of water and food disappears, but much about their lives and their journey remains a mystery that researchers are only now beginning to unravel.

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Outback Pelicans

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Outback Pelicans for showing how
adaptable birds are and how they fill every available environmental
niche. They rival humans in this respect. They live in the winter
in the Antarctica for months in their unclothed bodies.
We won't last 5 minutes without our technology.