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 Life of Mammals for showing us
the superb adaptability of mammals. The various species as
a whole can survive and breed almost anywhere.

The Life of Mammals

The Life of Mammals (2008) - 500 minutes
The Life of Mammals at Amazon.com

Hosted by David Attenborough

Vast in scope and stunning in imagery and detail, The Life of Mammals is the epic story of 4,000 species that have outlived the dinosaurs and colonized the farthest reaches of the Earth. Emmy Award winner David Attenborough (The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, The Life of Birds) leads viewers on an extraordinary and breathtakingly beautiful exploration of this incredibly diverse group of creatures - from the smallest, the two-inch pygmy shrew, to the largest, the blue whale; from the slowest, the sloth, to the swiftest, the cheetah; from the least attractive, the naked mole rat, to the most irresistible, a human baby.

10 Programs:

  1. A Winning Design - David Attenborough makes a worldwide journey of discovery in search of fascinating mammals to illustrate why we mammals are so incredibly successful and diverse.
  2. Insect Hunters - The insect hunters were there at the very beginning of the mammals and are still thriving today. They are one of the great success stories of mammals.
  3. Plant Predators - Some of the biggest predators to walk the Earth are the plant predators, and they face constant battle. Their prey is heavily armored, often indigestible and sometimes poisonous.
  4. Chisellers - Special tools like chisel-sharp front teeth and underground dwelling enable this group of mammals to feast on the toughest roots and seeds.
  5. Meat Eaters - Meat-eating predators and their prey must evolve speed, endurance and maneuverability to outwit each other. The aggression of the kill means the difference between life and death.
  6. Opportunists - Omnivores will eat whatever is around at the time, making them highly adaptable. Among this group are some of the most charismatic and widespread mammals on the planet.
  7. Return to the Water - With perfect streamlined bodies and great underwater speed, seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales became the new hunters of the sea.
  8. Life in the Trees - A range of adaptations from suction feet to gripping tails to ultra-keen senses help the tree-dwelling mammals to survive and thrive high above the ground.
  9. Social Climbers - In the daily hubbub of monkey life, only those with talent as social wheeler-dealers get ahead.
  10. Food for Thought - Human beings appear to be unique among mammals. We live in huge cities, we walk on two legs and we have language. But how far have we really come from our mammalian heritage?

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The Life of Mammals

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Life of Mammals for showing us
the superb adaptability of mammals. The various species as
a whole can survive and breed almost anywhere.