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 on Your Couch
for relating our cat's behavior to its big cat predatory drives.

The Tiger on Your Couch
What the Big Cats Can Teach You About
Living in Harmony With Your House Cat
By Bill Fleming and Judy Petersen-Fleming

The Tiger on Your Couch (1994) - 209 pages
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The Tiger on Your Couch is the complete guide for cat owners who have always suspected that the difference between their pet and a tiger is largely a matter of size.

Remarkable photographs, stories, fascinating facts, and analogies from their years of experience with the big cats allow Bill Fleming and Judy-Petersen-Fleming to show you how to play with your cat without making it wild, encourage your cat to sleep on your lap, introduce a dog or new family member into your cat's life - among hundreds of other useful lessons and practical tips. The Tiger on Your Couch is both a breathtaking visit to the world of majestic tigers and a total guide to natural cat care for both new and long-time cat owners.

Bill Fleming and Judy Petersen-Fleming are animal behaviorists who have lived in the United States, Japan, and Southeast Asia, preserving the natural habitat of exotic cats and dolphins and creating stimulating environments for animals in wildlife parks. Judy specializes in work with marine mammals, and Bill worked for more than ten years as a trainer at Tiger Island, an acclaimed natural habitat and attraction at Marine World Africa USA.

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The Tiger on Your Couch
What the Big Cats Can Teach You About
Living in Harmony With Your House Cat
By Bill Fleming and Judy Petersen-Fleming

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Tiger on Your Couch
for relating our cat's behavior to its big cat predatory drives.