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!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse BBC Atlas of the Natural World
for 30 hours and 40 programs about wildlife and
their environments all over the world.

BBC Atlas of the Natural World

BBC Atlas of the Natural World (2010) - 1850 minutes
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Africa, Europe, Americas, Antarctica Collection

The twelve discs in this collection bring together eight landmark BBC series that together present a remarkable comprehensive portrait of the natural history of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Antarctica. In over 30 hours of breathtaking footage, viewers will explore the remarkable diversity of plants and animals on these vast continents and examine the complex relationships between nature, wildlife and humans. The optional enhanced content mode adds to the experience with additional fun facts interspersed throughout the programs, making this collection an astonishing viewing experience!

Africa and Europe

This six-disc set brings together four landmark BBC series that combine to give one of the most comprehensive portraits of Africa (Wild Africa and Congo), the Mediterranean (The First Eden) and Europe (Europe: A Natural History) ever assembled. In over 12 hours of programming reaching back three billion years, viewers will examine the birth of these vast continents from the dawn of time and examine how the rise of human civilization has forever changed the landscape.

  • Wild Africa
    • Seen from space, Africa is a rich mosaic, textured by burning sands, seas of grass and steaming forests, scarred by mountains and bejeweled with great lakes and rivers. Raw and beautiful, the ancient continent is alive with the greatest collection of wildlife on Earth. This mesmerizing series examines each of Africa's stunning natural realms in turn, revealing little-known facts and showing how humans and nature co-exist within this vast area.
    • Six Episodes:
      • Mountains
      • Savannah
      • Deserts
      • Coasts
      • Jungle
      • Lakes and Rivers
  • Congo
    • To the west of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria, beyond the misty mountains of Rift Valley, lies the second largest river system on earth: the Congo. This vast arena - the size of Europe - is home to an array of wildlife richer and more varied than any other region of Africa, and yet it is hardly known. Today, parts of the Congo still remain inhospitable and virtually inaccessible. In a television first, the BBC Natural History Unit has been given unprecedented access to film in this region.
    • Three Episodes:
      • The River that Swallows All Rivers
      • Spirits of the Forest
      • Footprints in the Forest
  • The First Eden
    • A glorious portrait of the landscape, wildlife and plants of the Mediterranean, presented by Sir David Attenborough. From the earliest human settlements to the cities of today, from the deserts of North Africa to the forests of southern Europe, this series tells the dramatic story of man and nature at work.
    • Three Episodes:
      • The Making of the Garden
      • The Gods Enslaved
      • The Wastes of War
  • Europe: A Natural History
    • Discover the story of Europe, from the birth of the continent through the modern day in an epic journey going back three billion years. You'll travel through tropical swamps and ice ages as you journey among civilizations and revolutions to experience the events that shaped the landscapes and wildlife of Europe. No other continent has such a varied natural history crammed into so little space. What gives Europe this incredible diversity?
    • Four Episodes:
      • Genesis
      • Ice Ages
      • Taming the Wild
      • The New Millennium

Western Hemisphere and Antarctica

This six-disc set brings together four landmark BBC series that combine to give one of the most comprehensive portraits of the Western Hemisphere and Antarctica ever assembled. From the teeming wildlife and rich geography of the Americas to the inhospitably frozen landscape at the bottom of the world, from the spectacular rainforests of South America to the remarkable variety of plant and animal species in Central America and the Caribbean, from the songs of the Native Americans to the migration of the Emperor Penguin, these programs offer remarkable insight into the complex relationship between humans, wildlife, and nature on these three continents and in the waters that surround them.

  • Land of the Eagle
    • The Story of how North America was discovered and tamed is told through two sets of eyes: the Native Americans and the European newcomers. This series, which received a Finalist Certificate at the New York Festival, is magnificent ensemble of paints, photographs, old songs played on period instruments, contemporary Native Americans voicing the words of their ancestors, and gorgeous wildlife filming, revealing the shifting balance between man and nature.
    • Eight Episodes:
      • The Great Encounter
      • Confronting the Wilderness
      • Conquering the Swamps
      • Across the Seas of Grass
      • Into the Shining Mountains
      • Living on the Edge
      • The First and Last Frontier
      • Searching for Paradise
  • Spirits of the Jaguar
    • In Central America and the Caribbean, everything is vibrant and colorful - from tropical rainforests teeming with wildlife, to the paradise islands and rich coral reefs, to the top of smoking volcanoes. The area boasts more species of spectacular plants and animals than anywhere else on the globe, many of them unique to the region. Here the Maya, Taino, and Aztecs once roamed free, enjoying the natural riches all around them, and appeasing their blood thirsty gods. This series reveals the dramatic relationships that exist between the native inhabitants, the wildlife and the environment.
    • Four Episodes:
      • The Forging of a New World
      • Forests of the Maya
      • Hunters of the Caribbean Sea
      • The Fifth World of the Aztecs
  • Wild South America
    • This spectacular, award-winning series explores the rich and unique wildlife that inhabits the diverse landscapes of the vast South American continent. It is a land of great extremes, stretching from the Antarctic to the Equator. It has the planet's greatest river system, longest mountain chain, biggest and richest rainforest and driest desert. Using new camera techniques, including infrared night vision cameras, rarely seen animals are revealed, while a specialist aerial cameraman soars over the continent, revealing an entirely new perspective on its varied and romantic landscape.
    • Six Episodes:
      • Lost Worlds
      • Mighty Amazon
      • The Great Plains
      • The Andes
      • Amazon Jungle
      • Penguin Shores
  • Life in the Freezer
    • Antarctica in the wildest, coldest, most isolated continent on Earth. Encrusted in 90% of the world's ice, its 5.4 million square miles are doubled each winter by the freezing of the seas. The average temperature at the South Pole is -56 degrees, dropping to -90 degrees and below mid-winter. Yet this inhospitable landscape is home to a surprisingly rich variety of wildlife, much of it unique to the region. David Attenborough and his camera team spent three years braving mountainous seas, blizzards with 100 mph winds, plummeting temperatures and glaciers the size of cathedrals to capture the majesty of Antarctica both on land and underwater. In this starkly beautiful landscape, they discover penguins by the millions, whales by the thousands, half the world's seal population and seabirds galore.
    • Six Episodes:
      • The Bountiful Sea
      • The Ice Retreats
      • The Race to Breed
      • The Door Closes
      • The Big Freeze
      • Footsteps in the Snow

BBC Atlas of the Natural World

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse BBC Atlas of the Natural World
for 30 hours and 40 programs about wildlife and
their environments all over the world.