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 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!)

Animal Intelligence News Articles

Sioux Falls Zoologists has collected over 2,100 news articles over the past 18 years relating to zoology and animal intelligence and to our increasing understanding of the scope and level of animal intelligence. Animals think, animals decide, animals communicate and know who's who by their calls (and dolphins have their own individual names), and most animals live as social creatures. Animals have personalities, animals have emotions and feelings, each individual animal has it's own character - all just like humans do. Animals learn from their parents and learn from experience, many animals make tools and even more use them, and animals are amazingly ingenious and clever at solving problems. Animals can solve problems requiring multiple-step solutions (crows are very good at this), unthread nuts and bolts to get out of a cage, unscrew the lids off jars to get at food, all without any training. How? They obviously FIGURE it out! Why is that so hard for so many scientists to understand?

Animals have abilities that scientists are just beginning to appreciate, but that animal owners and animal lovers have known for a long time. Animals are not mindless little machines running on pure instincts anymore than we are. Animals have the basic drives to survive and breed just like humans do, but just like us they have a lot more. Sure they don't have cell phones and texting, Facebook and YouTube, but maybe they don't need them to be happy and survive and breed. For them maybe being fed, being warm and dry, having a good night's sleep, and being with one's family is enough. It might not be altogether a bad life. Who wants to work to make a living for some already rich, arrogant, ignorant character anyway. Life is too short.

The Sioux Falls Zoologists selected news articles are on the following pages.

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Animal Intelligence News Articles