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!)

Welcome Sioux Falls Animal Lovers!

Sioux Falls Zoologists is a group made up of people with open minds who love animals as well as zoologists themselves. This website provides news articles, movies, books, and other information related to animals, and especially to animal intelligence. Located in Sioux Falls, SD, the Sioux Falls Zoologists have meetings and social gatherings where people of free thought and open minds that love animals meet, share ideas, support each other, and have fun with other animal lovers.   

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Our meetings and social gatherings are posted at Sioux Falls Free Thinkers on Sioux Falls Free Thinkers Upcoming Events can be seen on the Calendar.

Free Thinkers Meetup: Continue the design on the May/June Evolution billboards for the Atheism/Humanism Group

Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant, 2600 South Spring Avenue, Saturday April 8th, 6:30 PM.

I'll have a Sioux Falls Free Thinkers Sign on the table.

We had so much fun let's do it again. New people, new ideas, and new friends.

Our websites are still surging! You can see how much at: In the last week we had over 1,800 visitors to the Sioux Falls Feminists website (driven by our Child Abuse Prevention billboard campaign), and over 800 visitors to the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers website, probably driven by our Statue of Liberty Immigration billboards across from Fryn' Pan Restaurant on West 12th. This week we'll be replacing the Statue of Liberty billboards with our Anti-Military Spending Increase billboards. Sticking it to Trump is easy and just plain fun! Also a whole new batch of Child Abuse Prevention billboards will be going up on West 12th.

I'll be bringing a batch of billboard Evolution Atheism/Humanism ideas for the meeting. Looking for some help in smoothing out my rough edges. And adding your ideas to the mix.

This coming Friday night I'll be on talk radio for NAASCA (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) at 7 PM. You can catch it at

Dale Hemming: Founder, Sioux Falls Free Thinkers

The Sioux Falls Zoologists group will never have any dues. Membership is not required to attend our meetings. This group will probably never have any formal rules except treating other members and their opinions with respect and giving everyone equal time to speak. This group will never purge members for expressing their opinions or for forming their own group of animal lovers. The only loose requirement is that members, and those attending our meetings, have an interest in one of the subjects of the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers websites.

Our "slogan" above comes from the following quote:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events and meetings!

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Welcome Sioux Falls Animal Lovers!