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 Revealing the Leopard for showing
the secretive nature of the most successful of the larger cats.

Revealing the Leopard

Revealing the Leopard (2011) - 60 minutes
Revealing the Leopard at Amazon.com

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They may be slower than cheetahs and weaker than lions, but they are more successful than either of them. It is estimated that there are roughly ten times more leopards than all the lion, tigers, and cheetahs in the world. They hunt from Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Beijing, yet they remain secretive and almost completely unseen. Until recently, relatively little has been known about them. But one remarkable cat developed a tolerance to being filmed and one day began to allow the cameras to follow her to her den. Following the story of this mother leopard and her two cubs, as well as observing other leopards around the world, the incredibly private and vulnerable lives of these extraordinary cats are revealed.

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Revealing the Leopard

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Revealing the Leopard for showing
the secretive nature of the most successful of the larger cats.