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 The Emotional Lives of Animals
for showing that animals have the very same brain
structures that give rise to human emotions.

The Emotional Lives of Animals
A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow,
and Empathy - and Why They Matter
By Mark Bekoff

The Emotional Lives of Animals (2007) - 214 pages
The Emotional Lives Of Animals at Amazon.com

Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff's years of experience studying patterns of social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that numerous animals have rich emotional lives. Animal emotions not only teach us about love, empathy, and compassion, argues Bekoff, but they require us to radically rethink our current relationship of domination and abuse of animals.

Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience with animals have long implied. Bekoff also explores the evolution of emotions and points to new scientific discoveries of brain structures shared by humans and animals that are important in processing emotions. He goes on to emphasize their role in establishing evolutionary continuity among diverse species and presents new findings of non-invasive neurological research and detailed behavioral studies. Filled with Bekoff's light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of biology at the University of Colorado - Boulder and cofounder, with Jane Goodall, of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (ethologicalethics.org). He has won many awards for his scientific research, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2005 he was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. He is the author or editor of more than two hundred articles and numerous books, including the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), The Smile of a Dolphin, Minding Animals, Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues, and the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Bekoff speaks throughout the world and has appeared on numerous television programs, including Good Morning America and Anderson Cooper 360.

Marc Bekoff's website is literati.net/Bekoff.

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The Emotional Lives of Animals
A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow,
and Empathy - and Why They Matter
By Marc Bekoff

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Emotional Lives of Animals
for showing that animals have the very same brain
structures that give rise to human emotions.