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!)

8 Animal Intelligence News Articles from 2012
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11-6-12 Cockatoo shows tool-making skills
Cockatoo shows tool-making skills
A captive-bred Goffin's cockatoo has surprised researchers by spontaneously making and using "tools" to reach food.

10-22-12 Dolphin 'sponging' spans centuries
Dolphin 'sponging' spans centuries
Bottlenose dolphins using sponges to protect their noses while foraging is a technique that the animals discovered in the 19th century, a study has found.

10-10-12 Mice learn songs in similar way to humans and birds
Mice learn songs in similar way to humans and birds
US researchers say that mice may have the ability to learn songs based on the sounds they hear.

9-18-12 Crows can 'reason' about causes, a recent study finds
Crows can 'reason' about causes, a recent study finds
Tool-making crows have the ability to "reason", say scientists.

5-11-12 Crows know familiar human voices
Crows know familiar human voices
Crows recognize familiar human voices and the calls of familiar birds from other species, say researchers.

5-9-12 Humpback whales intervene in killer whale hunt
Humpback whales intervene in killer whale hunt
A BBC/National Geographic film crew have recorded rare footage of humpback whales intervening in a killer whale hunt.

3-28-12 Bottlenose dolphins: 'Gangs' run society, scientists say
Bottlenose dolphins: 'Gangs' run society, scientists say
Male bottlenose dolphins organize gang-like alliances - guarding females against other groups and occasionally "changing sides".

2-21-12 Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists
Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists
Dolphins should be treated as non-human "persons", with their rights to life and liberty respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told.

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