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 What Are Animals Thinking?
for exploring the remarkable behaviors of our pets as well as of
monkeys, dogs, rats, pigeons, fish, bees and in beehives.

What Are Animals Thinking?

What Are Animals Thinking? (2012) - 60 minutes
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Have you ever wondered what's going on inside your pet's mind? We'll find out how a beehive resembles a human brain and whether your dog is really feeling guilty when it gives you that famous "guilty look."

Do Animals Know Right From Wrong? Do dogs feel guilty? Can rats feel empathy? We project very complex - and very human - emotional lives onto our animal companions. Now, scientists studying animal cognition are finally revealing the machinery of animals' moral compass.

Pigeon GPS We know that homing pigeons can find their way back to their lofts over hundreds of miles of unfamiliar terrain. What we don't know is how they do it. David Pogue races against some of the best navigators in the animal kingdom, while exploring competing theories on how pigeons see, hear, and feel the landscape below them.

Hive Genius What do bees and fish have in common with the human brain? Members of these communities aren't very smart on their own, but when they come together they're capable of remarkable things. We will investigate the inner workings of communication patterns within a giant bee colony.

Profile: Laurie Santos Yale scientist Laurie Santos is studying a community of more than 900 monkeys who live in a society that is eerily similar to our own. Can Santos' research reveal the evolutionary roots of human foibles?

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What Are Animals Thinking?

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse What Are Animals Thinking?
for exploring the remarkable behaviors of our pets as well as of
monkeys, dogs, rats, pigeons, fish, bees and in beehives.