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 Wild Pacific for
giving us a broad overview of the Pacific ocean.

Wild Pacific

Wild Pacific (2009) - 353 minutes
Wild Pacific at Amazon.com

The Wild Pacific is an ocean with 10,000 islands. But 99 percent of it is water. It is an ocean of extremes - from clear tropical waters and birds of paradise to icebergs, penguins, and raging storms. Wild Pacific is the story of the constant volcanic eruptions that formed the Pacific's islands, lagoons, reefs and the hardy survivors who somehow managed to find their way across a vast, empty ocean. Once there, they adapted to a life of extreme isolation in bizarre and surprising ways - from forest penguins and carnivorous caterpillars to the great diversity of fish that call the coral reefs and kelp forests home. It is the story of the people that live there - the Pacific voyagers who colonized, survived and adapted in much the same way. Finally, Wild Pacific examines the future of this oceans, the man's complicated relationship with it. Narrated by Mike Rowe.

The Programs:

  • A Fiery Birth
  • Survivors
  • Eat Or Be Eaten
  • Strange Evolution
  • Fragile Paradise
  • Making Wild Pacific

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Wild Pacific

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Wild Pacific for
giving us a broad overview of the Pacific ocean.