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 Parrot Confidential for showing that
trying to keep wild, non-domesticated animals as pets (in this case
parrots) is a mistake for the owners and does wrong to the pets.
If it is not domesticated leave it to live in the wild.
You'll both be happier.

Parrot Confidential

Parrot Confidential (2013) - 60 minutes
Parrot Confidential at Amazon.com

Exotic beauty, outrageous intelligence and remarkably advanced language skills have made parrots one of the world's most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. Their hard-wired ear-shattering squawks and unpredictable behavior are designed for the rainforest, not for captivity. An intense need to bond, complex emotional lives, and ability to reach ages of up to 80 or 90 years complicate the equation further. Sooner or later, some owners come to the conclusion that they have taken on a more difficult challenge than they can handle, and they turn to already overcrowded shelters and sanctuaries for help.

From the suburbs of our own country to the wilds of Costa Rica, parrot owners, rescuers, breeders, and biologists involved in conservation programs share their stories and the stories of their parrots in this bittersweet and unforgettable film about the difficulties and consequences of keeping and caring for parrots as pets.

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Parrot Confidential

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Parrot Confidential for showing that
trying to keep wild, non-domesticated animals as pets (in this case
parrots) is a mistake for the owners and does wrong to the pets.
If it is not domesticated leave it to live in the wild.
You'll both be happier.