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 Water Life for describing
the most valuable resource on our planet Earth.

Water Life
The Most Valuable Resource on our Blue Planet

Water Life (2009) - 650 minutes
Water Life at Amazon.com

Take an Unprecedented Visual Journey into Planet Water

Water Life captures extraordinary locations and intimate animal behavior never before seen on film. Two years in the making, this groundbreaking series takes viewers on an unprecedented visual journey to aquatic ecosystems on five continents to reveal how water shapes and sculpts the landscape and provides food and refuge for an astonishing array of species. This epic series tells water's story as never before to engage viewers in vital discussions about how water must be conserved and preserved.

Dive into the Incredible World of Water

  • A World of Water
    • Dive into the Blue Planet and discover amazing and diverse worlds brimming with color and life. From tropical rainforests to coral reefs, miraculous and mysterious water holds the secrets to life on Earth. Also includes the programs The Wandering Water, Where Water is Born, Liquid Roads and The Quiet Flow.
  • A World of Water
    • Dive into the Blue Planet and discover amazing and diverse worlds brimming with color and life. From tropical rainforests to coral reefs, miraculous and mysterious water holds the secrets to life on Earth in every drop.
  • The Wandering Water
    • The fascinating program follows water, the messenger of life, on its never-ending journey. Stunning cinematography captures the water cycle in all its phases, revealing water's many surprising faces and the astonishing ecosystems is creates.
  • Where Water is Born
    • In the mountains, water produces the purest and wildest lakes that are the source of all the rivers on the planet. This ecosystem is home to creatures that must adapt to the cold, clear waters.
  • Liquid Roads
    • Even in small quantities, water holds big surprises. Streams, gullies, and brooks are humble, yet extraordinary universe teeming with intense and vibrant life. Raccoons, polecats, water snakes, fish-eating birds, and turtles are just some of the diverse creatures that play vital roles in these food chains.
  • The Quiet Flow
    • Rivers are a force of nature. This program explores one of the most varied and diverse ecosystems on the planet, where birds form mating colonies, trees disseminate their fruits to conquer new territories, and predators take cover to stalk their unsuspecting prey.

Witness the Non-stop Drama of Water's Ecosystems

  • Soup of Life
    • Freshwater ecosystems barely make up one percent of the Earth's surface, but 40 percent of the world species live here, There is no-stop drama in the calm and dense waters of the wetlands. Also includes the programs Dark Water, Useful Water, Water's Skin and Protective Water.
  • Soup of Life
    • Freshwater ecosystems barely make up one percent of the Earth's surface, but 40 percent of the world species live here. There is non-stop drama in the calm and dense waters of the wetlands, beginning with algae that are the basis for a remarkably active food chain.
  • Dark Water
    • This program is a spellbinding portrait of water as master sculptor. From rocky mountain tops to unexplored cavernous labyrinths, discover some of water's masterpieces, and meet the diverse and astonishing creatures that live in these challenging environments.
  • Useful Water
    • There is more liquid stored under our feet than is contained in all the lakes and ricers in the world. This eye-opening program explores the fundamental and surprising ecosystems found in wells and troughs that offer refuge, protection and food for a vast array of species.
  • Water's Skin
    • Experience life on the precarious boundary between the liquid world and the worlds above water. Here on the water's surface are ecological dramas worthy of the best playwrights. Strange communities are formed on top of this quivering film of water that plays a key role in the lives of many plants and animals.
  • Protective Water
    • Snow and ice put plants and animals to the supreme test. Witness the remarkable ways in which they adapt to the changing seasons, and marvel at their ability to survive in the harshest environments.

Explore the Most Exotic Water Environments in the World

  • Jungle Water
    • Rainforests are as much a mystery as the ocean depths. Explore the most fertile, varied, and surprising ecosystem on the planet, home to plants and animals still unknown to us. Also includes the programs Borrowed Water, Fleeting Water and Salt Forests.
  • Borrowed Water
    • Where once land looked like desert, wetlands appear in a sudden burst of life. In this elusive ecosystems, the lives of a multitude of beings, including primitive creatures more ancient than the dinosaur, will be tied to these seasonal lagoons, pools, and ponds.
  • Fleeting Water
    • The harsh lands of the Sahara and Patagonia Deserts are home to extraordinarily tough and adaptable creatures, including the thorny-tailed lizard, the camel, the Saharan sparrow, and the nocturnal gerbil.
  • Jungle Water
    • Rainforests are as much a mystery as ocean depths. Explore the most fertile, varied and surprising ecosystems on the planet, home to plants and animals still unknown to us. What makes the rainforest so unique? The answer is often water!
  • Salt Forests
    • Discover one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems. Mangroves are forests that grow over water and attract countless animals searching for food and refuge in its branches and roots. Learn the salty secrets of the mangroves and meet the curious creatures that call is home.

See Water and Life Pushed to the Edge

  • Extreme Water
    • Salt mines, salt flats, and salt marshes would seem to be inhospitable, but these strange and solitary places with their otherworldly landscapes are home to genuinely tough creatures that have adapted to living in water with high levels of salinity. Also includes the programs Kingdom of Tides, The Frontier of the Sea and On the Seaside.
  • Kingdome of Tides
    • Estuaries have the capacity to provide food for billions of living beings. Its mix of fresh and salt water creates a rich cocktail for diverse creatures whose lives are dependent on the tides that transform the landscape.
  • Extreme Water
    • Salt mines, salt flats, and salt marshes would seem to be inhospitable, but these strange and solitary places with their otherworldly landscapes are home to genuinely touch creatures that have adapted to living in water with high levels of salinity.
  • The Frontier of the Sea
    • For many creatures, life is no day at the beach! This often-hostile frontier between land and sea is an essential stopping place for penguins, land crabs, elephant deals, hermit crabs, sandpipers and other creatures to feed, rest, mate, and breed.
  • On the Seaside
    • Life can be rocky on coastlines pounded by the sea. Amazing communities of creatures whose lives are ruled by the relentless changing tides live clinging to the rocks or seeking refuge in its crevasses.

Swim in the Big Blue with Water's Most Awe-inspiring Creatures

  • The Big Blue
    • The open sea is the largest ecosystem, and also the least known. It would take up to ten centuries of intensive work to inventory the marine species to be found here. Whales, sharks, jellyfish, and migrating sea turtles are just some of the awe-inspiring creatures featured. Also includes the programs Under the Sea, In Sight of the Coast and The Underwater City.
  • Under the Sea
    • The sea hides creatures that defy the imagination. Their existence depends on sea beds. Explore this little-known world, and discover the survival secrets of starfish, sea urchins, and swarms of catfish.
  • In Sight of the Coast
    • For many creatures, there is no better place on Earth than cliffs. The sea shapes the cliffs and creates a landscape whose nooks and crannies serve as refuge. But here, competition for space can be ferocious.
  • The Underwater City
    • Stunning cinematography captures the extraordinary beauty of coral reefs. Millions of polyps construct these vast submerged cities of coral, where resourceful animals have developed ingenious survival strategies to avoid prowling predators.
  • The Big Blue
    • The open sea is the largest ecosystem, and also the least known. It would take up to ten centuries of intensive work to inventory the marine species to be found here. Wales, sharks, jellyfish, and migrating sea turtles are just some of the awe-inspiring creatures featured in this compelling program.

Learn About the Dangers Facing the Most Valuable Resource in the World

  • Water's Pulse
    • Pollution, uncontrolled fishing, and other factors are having a devastating impact on ecosystems. As rainforests, rivers, seas, and wetlands are imperiled, so is the very existence of the species that inhabit them. Also includes the programs Uncertain Water, Water's Voices and the Making of Water Life.
  • Water's Pulse
    • Pollution, uncontrolled fishing, and other factors are having a devastating impact on ecosystems. As rainforests, rivers, seas, and wetlands are imperiled, so is the very existence of the species that inhabit them.
  • Uncertain Water
    • The golden toad, the first animal to become extinct due to global warming, is a ghastly symbol of climate change. Around the world, there is alarming evidence that the overheating of the atmosphere is impacting the water cycle.
  • Water's Voices
    • In this compelling episode, scientists and representatives of the United Nations and the World Wildlife Fund provide urgent and eloquent testimony on behalf of water. They raise awareness of the threats to this precious, non-renewable resource, and the dire consequences to all living things.
  • Making of
    • Embark on an unprecedented global odyssey with the creators of Water Life as they follow water's liquid trail across the continents. From jungles and deserts to glaciers and caves, follow the courageous divers and camera crews as they face challenging and hazardous conditions to tell water's story, and to capture as never before how water generates life on our planet

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Water Life
The Most Valuable Resource on our Blue Planet

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Water Life for describing
the most valuable resource on our planet Earth.