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 Dogs Decoded for its in-depth
description of the relationship between dogs and humans.
It's more complex than we knew.

Dogs Decoded
Understanding The Human-Dog Relationship

Dogs Decoded (2010) - 56 minutes
Dogs Decoded at Amazon.com

Understanding The Human-Dog Relationship

Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet, and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family, and feel that they can understand us in a way other animals can't. Now, new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions.

Humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between human and dogs come to be? And why dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? Dogs Decoded investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs - with big implications for the evolution of human culture as well.

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Dogs Decoded
Understanding The Human-Dog Relationship

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Dogs Decoded for its in-depth
description of the relationship between dogs and humans.
It's more complex than we knew.