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 The Tiger Next Door for showing that
tigers are by nature wild animals and can not be domesticated.
They have killed their owners. Why? Because when wild
animals get angry they often use violence to solve the
problem. Humans can simply not stand up to tigers.

The Tiger Next Door

The Tiger Next Door (2010) - 86 minutes
The Tiger Next Door at Amazon.com

There are more tigers in private captivity in the United States than there are roaming wild in the world. 24 of them live in this man's backyard.

Dennis Hill has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard in Flat Rock, Indiana for over 15 years. Tigers are both an occupation and obsession for Hill - he claims to know exactly what they are thinking by the look in their eyes. But now, after a surprise government inspection, he's lost his license to keep exotic animals, and the state is threatening to shut him down.

The Tiger Next Door tracks Hill over the months that follow as he fights to keep the animals he claims to love. It also uncovers the intricate web of commerce and government laxity that keep breeders like Hill in business. What finally becomes exposed is the widespread attitude that humans are indeed lords of the animal kingdom.

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The Tiger Next Door

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Tiger Next Door for showing that
tigers are by nature wild animals and can not be domesticated.
They have killed their owners. Why? Because when wild
animals get angry they often use violence to solve the
problem. Humans can simply not stand up to tigers.