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"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 The Smartest Animals on the Planet
for describing the very intelligent behavior of many animals.

The Smartest Animals on the Planet
Extraordinary Tales of the
Natural World's Cleverest Creatures
By Dr. Sally Boysen

The Smartest Animals on the Planet (2009) - 192 pages
The Smartest Animals on the Planet at Amazon.com

The idea that species other than humans can think, solve problems and share new behaviors has long captivated us, so much so that scientists around the world devote their entire lives to animal cognition research. In the wild, they observe species for weeks, months and years at a time, watching and recording every move as they come to understand individual personalities. Intelligence studies conducted in captivity recreate problems to see how animals respond, and cognition studies survey if animals can be taught to use words. Perhaps the most famous study saw Koko, a personable western lowland gorilla, confirm the existence of animals emotion and interspecies communication by speaking in sign language and acquiring a vocabulary of more than one thousand words.

Research in animal intelligence focuses on a variety of animals such as apes, monkeys, whales, otters, elephants, rats, crows, horses, honeybees, lions, and even salamanders. Individual studies explore a variety of the skills that characterize intelligence and which are discussed in this book - tool use, communication, imitation, social learning, mirror self-recognition, numerical abilities and language. You will read about the most exciting of these studies and what the most recent data tells us.

Authoritative, up-to-date and generously illustrated, The Smartest Animals on the Planet clearly demonstrates how much we have yet to learn about the creatures that share our planet.

  • Is animal intelligence like human intelligence?
  • How did some animals learn to use tools?
  • Can animals learn a language? Can they talk to us?
  • Are they aware of themselves? Do they have feelings?
  • Can they count and why would they?

Everyone knows someone who has a smart dog. And we've all heard about the intelligence of dolphins, elephants, apes and even, in different ways, parrots, ants and bees. But what is this intelligence all about? How do we know which animals are "smart," and how do they use this superior intelligence in their daily lives?

The Smartest Animals on the Planets brings together the most recent and remarkable research from all over the world relating to almost every "smart" species, and is written by a world authority on animal cognition. Fully illustrated, it contains photographs from field observation and step-by-step illustrations showing research experiments in captivity. This excellent resource delivers cutting edge scientific research that is fascinating to anyone with an interest in the natural world.

Dr. Sally Boysen received her PhD in Physiological/Comparative Psychology in 1984 from Ohio State University. She is recognized internationally for her work in chimpanzee cognition. Dr. Boysen has published more than 100 scientific papers, and her research has been showcased on television programs for NOVA and BBC Horizon.

Dr. Deborah Custance received her PhD in Comparative Cognition in 1994 from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She has conducted research and published papers in international journals on social learning in several species of primates, including human adults and infants, chimpanzees, orangutans, baboons, rhesus macaques, pig-tailed macaques, capuchin monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs.

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The Smartest Animals on the Planet
Extraordinary Tales of the
Natural World's Cleverest Creatures
By Dr. Sally Boysen

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Smartest Animals on the Planet
for describing the very intelligent behavior of many animals.