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 Living Planet for a very
complete set of programs about the wildlife on our entire planet.

The Living Planet
A Portrait of the Earth

The Living Planet (2003) - 720 minutes
The Living Planet at Amazon.com

Hosted by David Attenborough

Twelve Progams:

  • Sweet Fresh Water
    • Follow fresh water as it makes its mad, headlong plunge from the mountains to the salty oceans, and its fascinating "aging" process.
  • Jungle
    • Encounter the diversity of the immense, green-jungle - from the jaguars, armies of termites, and 200-foot Malaysian kapok trees to Ecuador's Waorani tribe - replete with face paint and poison darts.
  • The Open Ocean
    • Journey to the immense, tantalizing world beneath the seas that remain the planet's great mysteries in search of all the provocative secrets that lie below.
  • The Northern Forests
    • Explore the intriguing and interrelated world of the forest. From the extremes of the Artic deep freeze to the Tropics, where the forest floor spontaneously bursts into flames.
  • Seas of Grass
    • Take a global walk in the grass - from the savannahs of Brazil and American plains to the wilds of the African bush and Sudan, where herds of antelope run a gauntlet through poised spears of the Merle tribe.
  • The Frozen World
    • Explore the world's deep freeze and discover the spectacular life forms that live in a frozen realm of mystery and fascination as life hangs on tenaciously in the coldest most desolate reaches of Earth.
  • The Margins of the Land
    • Visit a variety of locals from the Bay of Bengal to the American Northwest to capture life from the tiniest to the most exceptional and experience some of the Earth's most remarkable displays of life that occur where the land meets the sea.
  • The Sky Above
    • Watch all manner of plants and animals living in the sky, from tiny weightless life-forms to huge creature of powerful flight.
  • The Baking Deserts
    • Wonder at the scorching days and frigid nights of the most relentless hostile place for life on the planet, and discover animals' shadowy quests for food as well as the remarkable "linking of life" between man and beast in the Sahara.
  • Worlds Apart
    • Witness isolated, singular mini-worlds where species are varied, vulnerable, and wonders to behold. Glimpse the unique and vivid life forms of places such as Komodo and Aldabra Island.
  • The Building of the Earth
    • Gaze at the unique, otherworldly places surrounding volcanic eruptions and gain the rare insight into the intertwined destinies of plants, animals, and humans as you start to understand just how hot a process life really is.
  • New Worlds
    • Come to a world where humans have altered the Earth to suit themselves, and learn of the immense price the planet is paying for our modifications - to our fellow creatures, to plant life, and to the environment.

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The Living Planet
A Portrait of the Earth

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Living Planet for a very
complete set of programs about the wildlife on our entire planet.