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 Cuba - The Accidental Eden for
raising the question of what will happen to Cuba's pristine wildlife
environment once Americans can come there as tourists again.

Cuba - The Accidental Eden

Cuba - The Accidental Eden (2010) - 60 minutes
Cuba - The Accidental Eden at Amazon.com

This small island's varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba's wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba's priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the US trade embargo ends. What will happen to Cuba's stunning biodiversity an island filled with amphibians, reptiles and the most biologically diverse freshwater fish in the region?

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Cuba - The Accidental Eden

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Cuba - The Accidental Eden for
raising the question of what will happen to Cuba's pristine wildlife
environment once Americans can come there as tourists again.