Five of the most Intelligent Animals in the World
Ravens – Often seen by Europeans as a harbinger of doom, Ravens are actually more intelligent than most parrots, and do not live up to their dark image! They are capable in captivity of imitating human speech, and can solve logic problems that leave other animals (and some humans) stumped! They are empathic animals and after becoming attached to certain birds, they will remember them again and behave in a ‘friendly’ way to the other.
Rats – Another animal widely feared, rats are incredibly intelligent. They are also incredibly social creatures – did you know that they make laughter noises when they are happily playing? They have amazing memories, which makes them so good at getting in and out of buildings, and are also capable of going longer than a camel without water!
Pigs – In tests, pigs have been shown to out-smart both dogs and chimpanzees. Their memories are brilliant and they don’t only remember a person but remember if they do or don’t like them. They are great at learning circus tricks too, and can learn to jump through hoops, spin and even play video games! So you might think twice before you eat that bacon sandwich!
Gorillas – The gentle giants of the primate world, Gorillas are incredibly close to humans in DNA, and also in a lot of their behaviour. Gorillas live in family groups and show great empathy, showing signs of amusement and even grief. KoKo, a famous gorilla in captivity also proved that gorillas can communicate with human beings via sign language, as by the time she was 40, KoKo had learned over 1000 hand signals. To see these incredible creatures in the wild, why not go on a gorilla trekking holiday – take a look at http://www.steppestravel.co.uk/uganda-holidays and get up close to these amazing creatures – it is an unforgettable experience!
Dolphins – Of course everyone knows that dolphins are smart. One of the most obvious signs of this is their play. Like humans, dolphins play just for the fun of it. They can often be observed riding waves and the youngsters playing around in groups. They are also able to recognize themselves in a mirror and tests have shown that they are able to think about the future. In captivity, dolphins have also proved themselves capable of learning sign language.