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 Raccoon Nation for describing the
life of the urban raccoon, and the problems they are causing.

Raccoon Nation

Raccoon Nation (2011) - 60 minutes
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Is your trash can making raccoons smarter? In an effort to outwit raccoons, we may be pushing their brain development and perhaps even sending them down a new evolutionary path.

In Toronto, the raccoon capital of the world, scientists use radio collars to track their movements through the city, and follow one family of urban raccoons over the course of six months as the young grow, and begin to find their way. High-definition, infrared footage takes viewers deep inside the hidden world of raccoons to reveal new insights about a species that is far more elusive and wily than most people ever imagined. And more destructive. Raccoons have damaged 80% of the ancient shrines and temples in Japan, leading to a zero tolerance policy toward them across the country. Chicago is fighting outbreaks of parasites carried and transmitted by raccoons that have overrun their city. And in Kassel, Germany, scientists and engineers are taking on the largest raccoon population in Europe, house by house.

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Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Raccoon Nation for describing the
life of the urban raccoon, and the problems they are causing.