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 Jungle Eagle for showing how the
Harpy Eagle raises its young and how attached humans
become to them having observed this process.

Jungle Eagle

Jungle Eagle (2011) - 60 minutes
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Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Standing three feet tall, with six-foot wingspans and razor-sharp talons the size of bear claws, they are the heavyweight hunters of the South American rainforest. These eagles are the top predators in the jungle canopy, feeding regularly on monkeys and sloths. But scientists know very little about them because their numbers are few, and their habitat is large. Hidden in the branches of the canopy, the birds are rarely seen, let alone filmed.

Wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley and his team of cameramen enter the secret world of harpy eagles, locate a nest, and struggle to document the lives of these elusive birds in Venezuela's Orinoco River jungle. It's a dangerous proposition. To obtain pictures of the parents and chick in the nest, the team risks serious injury, and is ultimately forced to wear riot gear in the oppressive jungle heat to protect themselves from the notoriously aggressive birds. But the rewards are great. The team is able to observe the chick for a full year as he grows, learns to fly, and hunt, while gathering a treasure trove of new information about these remarkable birds. When the time comes for the team to leave, Beeley finds himself surprised by the extraordinary connection he has made with the majestic young eagle he will never forget.

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Jungle Eagle

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Jungle Eagle for showing how the
Harpy Eagle raises its young and how attached humans
become to them having observed this process.