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 Wildlife Collection for four
excellent programs about five major predators on our planet.

The Wildlife Collection

The Wildlife Collection (2006) - 230 minutes
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Explore the secret lives, hidden realms, and unforgettable stories of the wild world's most extraordinary creatures in these acclaimed National Geographic programs!

Discover the uncanny hunting prowess - and uncertain future - of the elusive jaguar. Witness the ancient blood feud waged between Africa's lions and hyenas. Brave the trackless Great Bear Rain Forest in search of its mighty, endangered overlords. Observe the grace, intelligence, and awesome beauty of whales and lean about efforts to protect their water and ensure their future. Gathered from across the globe, captured as only National Geographic can, get a privileged glimpse into a vanishing world of magnificent, irreplaceable living wonders.

Four Progams:

  • Whales in Crisis
    • Few creatures are as mysterious and captivating as the whale. Embark on a globe-spanning journey with National Geographic to discover the most recent findings about these majestic, highly intelligent creatures.
    • After hunting whales for generations, we have brought their widespread slaughter to an end, but these graceful giants still face threats on a number of fronts and the battle to save them goes on. It's a gripping, sometimes emotional voyage to the front lines of research as a new breed of champion battles to understand and preserve the spectacular giants of the sea.
    • Bonus Program: National Geographic's Crittercam: Pilot Whales
  • Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
    • Trek into the hidden battlefields of northern Botswana where lions and spotted hyenas clash is overlapping territories. Through never-before-seen footage, much of it filmed at night, you'll uncover an intense and vicious blood feud that has been waged for millennia. Follow the Southern clan, led by a powerful hyena matriarch whose firstborn female cub kills her sister at birth to assure her succession as the leader of the clan.
    • Lurk into the shadows as a lioness from the central pride gives birth to three cubs and encounters a deadly Egyptian cobra. You'll be stunned by breathtaking chase scenes as the hyena matriarch is brutally killed by a male lion, throwing the clan into chaos. Discover nature's savage conflicts in this ancient rivalry between External Enemies: Lions and Hyenas. 
    • Bonus Program: Renegade Lions
  • Last Stand of the Great Bear
    • Along the coast of British Columbia lies an enchanted wilderness, where bear-hunting wolves take to the sea, grizzlies clash in titanic battles, and wild salmon are the pulsing lifeblood of an entire ecosystem. As this precious habitat faces an uncertain future, threatened by chainsaws and fish farms, a team of dedicated scientists is racing to prove that it must be protected.
    • National Geographic joins these experts on a 250-mile adventure through unspoiled territory that conservationists call the Great Bear Rain Forest. Together, these experts form a wilderness detective squad, searching for the rare white "spirit bear" and collecting clues that will help decipher the secret life of the forest's elusive inhabitants.
    • Bonus Program: Assignment: Great Grizzlies
  • In Search of the Jaguar
    • Despite its legendary stealth and deadly predatory efficiency, the jaguar is not match for humans encroaching on its world. Now, journey into the heart of jaguar country to experience the thrilling, often perilous quest to save this great cat from extinction.
    • Witness some of the most extraordinary jaguar footage ever captured on film!
    • Explore spectacular wilderness realms as you track the elusive jaguar from the rain forest of Panama to Brazil's sprawling Pantanal wetlands.
    • Share the trials and triumphs of biologist Alan Rabinowitz's remarkable, lifelong campaign to rescue jaguars and their vanishing habitats.
    • Narrated by Glenn Close, In Search Of The Jaguar is a fascinating, exhilarating glimpse into the amazing life and endangered future of one of the world's most magnificent wild animals!

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The Wildlife Collection

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Wildlife Collection for four
excellent programs about five major predators on our planet.