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 Wild Side of Paradise for showing
the unique wildlife on the island environments of Cuba and Hawaii.

The Wild Side of Paradise
Paradise Has Never Been So Wild!

The Wild Side of Paradise (2005) - 108 minutes
The Wild Side of Paradise at Amazon.com

Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean plus Violent Hawaii

Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean

Cuba's political and economic isolation from the United States has afforded us little opportunity to see its wildlife… until now! This astonishing program explores Cuba's coral reefs, swamps, forests, and caves to reveal a wild and mysterious island teaming with some of the most unusual creatures on earth. Through a special arrangement with the Cuban government, unprecedented access was granted to film the astonishing diversity of life on the island, much of it virtually unknown until recently. From leaping crocodiles and the bee hummingbird, to the largest colony of Caribbean flamingos in the world, each bizarre and exotic creature is a story of triumph against staggering odds.

Violent Hawaii

Imagine a lost world with lava flowing down mountainsides, violent storms, monster waves, rockslides and even heavy snows. But this isn't a scene from a science fiction novel. This is Hawaii, whose spectacular beauty was forged in fire, and created by turbulent natural forces. Breathtaking high-definition photography captures a side of Hawaii that tourists rarely see. Accompany geologists as they study active volcanoes at close range. Explore a stretch of coastline on the north shore of Maui where waves can rise to as much as 70 feet. Experience a blizzard at the summit of Mauna Kea. Venture into the Hawaiian Islands' deep, warm water, which serves as a protective nursery for thousands of humpback whales. James Naughton narrates this riveting program that reveals how the most brutal forces of the natural world created a tropical paradise.

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The Wild Side of Paradise
Paradise Has Never Been So Wild!

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Wild Side of Paradise for showing
the unique wildlife on the island environments of Cuba and Hawaii.