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 Catlore for teaching us the history
of the domestic cat and explaining much of cat behavior.

Catlore
More about cats
By Desmond Morris

Catlore (1987) - 180 pages
Catlore at Amazon.com

Catlore is full of fascinating questions and answers about our feline companions. Among them:

  • How sensitive is a cat's hearing?
  • Why do tomcats kill kittens?
  • What is poisonous to cats?
  • How did the Manx cat lose its tail?
  • Can a cat survive on a vegetarian diet?
  • What is the origin of cat's cradle?
  • And many, many more.

For thousands of years the domestic cat has aroused strong emotions in its human companions. In ancient Egypt cats were adored to the point of worship, and cat killing was punishable by death. In the Dark Ages of Europe the mood changed dramatically and the cat was savagely persecuted by the Christian church. It was the sentimentality of the Victorians in the nineteenth century that finally restored the cat to the role of a beloved household pet. Today, cats are more popular than they have ever been. A 1987 survey revealed that there are now some 56.2 million cats and only 51 million dogs in the United States; for the first time cats outnumber "man's best friend."

Catlore is the sequel to Desmond Morris's international best-seller Catwatching. In this intriguing and engaging book, Morris answers many of the queries about cats' behavior that he received from cat owners after the success of Catwatching. Cat lovers will be amazed and enlightened by this volume, which has already landed on British best-seller lists.

Catlore reveals the answers to such questions as: Why are cats attracted to people who dislike them? How sensitive is a cat's hearing? Do cats have ESP? Why do cats drink dirty water? And many, many others. Morris also discusses the myths and history of cats throughout the ages. He explains the origins of the tabby and various breeds, including the most modern "designer" cats, tells us how and why cats were used in warfare, and chronicles the rise of competitive cat shows beginning with the first show at the St. Giles Fair in Winchester, England, in 1958. And once again Morris regales us with delightful explanations of the myths and the most common and uncommon expressions about cats, such as the origin of the term, the Cheshire cat grin.

Desmond Morris, in addition to having been Curator of Mammals at the London Zoo, was the presenter of the BBC television series "Zootime" for several years he is the author of many books, including The Naked Ape, Catwatching, and Dogwatching. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Catlore
More about cats
By Desmond Morris

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Catlore for teaching us the history
of the domestic cat and explaining much of cat behavior.