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!)

Pets and Farm Animal Books
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Zoologists

Sioux Falls Zoologists recommends the following books that describe pets and farm animals, their intelligence, emotions and behavior.

To start with do you want a perfect pet? The Russians have done extensive research on the domestication of wild animals. Within six generations they can create the perfect pet fox, the perfect pet rat, pets that just love being with humans just love being held, played with and cuddled by humans. Or they can create the exact opposite, foxes and rats that would viciously attack humans without any provocation and regardless of danger to themselves. It really is quite simple. You just breed the most human friendly foxes together of each successive generation and the most human friendly rats together of each successive generation. And you just breed the most human unfriendly foxes together of each successive generation and the most human unfriendly rats together of each successive generation. In six generations you have most loving foxes and most loving rats you can imagine, and some really human hating foxes and some really human hating rats.

Sioux Falls Zoologists have selected 13 books that describe the intelligence and emotions, and explain the behavior of our most loyal companions, dogs and cats. We also have 2 books that describe the intelligence and emotions of farm animals. Just because we eat them doesn't mean they are not intelligent and have feelings like any other animal. Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin, helps us see the world from those animals point of view. If we must eat them, at least we don't need to make them miserable and terrorize them. They do not deserve that giving what they are doing for us. They are conscious, feeling, living creatures after all.

The books are all available from Amazon.com but you are free to obtain them from many other sources. Amazon offers them on their website along with many alternate sources, often less expensive. You are free to choose whatever source you please. The book links on the following pages point to the book location at Amazon.

The 14 pets and farm animal books and 1 article is described in detail on the following 15 pages. 2 pet supply catalogs are also listed as articles.

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Pets and Farm Animal Books
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Zoologists