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 Animals are Beautiful People for
showing us that the people living in Africa had recognized
the intelligence of Animals long before religiously
biased Western science woke up to the fact.

Animals are Beautiful People
The Secret Life of Wildlife

Animals are Beautiful People (1974) - 92 minutes
Animals are Beautiful People at Amazon.com

From the creator of The Gods Must Be Crazy.

Away in their own mysterious world, far from the prying eyes of people, Africa's animals lead lives of humor and horror, danger and dignity. And sometimes, they're simply all too ... human.

The Gods Must Be Crazy creator Jamie Uys worked four years and traveled 100,000 miles across the Dark Continent in filming Animals are Beautiful People, a spellbinding look at animal behavior. His labor and patience were rewarded in the capture of dozens of remarkable, starting and funny scenes. Like that of a mother fish who swallows her young while a predator lurks nearby - and spits them out again when all is clear. And the "drunken" results of what happens when some elephants, baboons, kudus and warthogs gorge themselves on some well-fermented Marula tree berries.

For young and old alike, Animals are Beautiful People will bring a rare pleasure - and the whimsical shock of recognition!

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Animals are Beautiful People
The Secret Life of Wildlife

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Animals are Beautiful People for
showing us that the people living in Africa had recognized
the intelligence of Animals long before religiously
biased Western science woke up to the fact.