Scientists believe there may be from 2 million to 50 million different species of animals alive today.
Here is our list of the most intelligent non-human animals.
Not only are chimpanzees closely related to humans, they also have the capacity in some ways to think like humans. They utilize tools in the environment around them in order to help accomplish certain tasks. They are often considered to be the smartest primate and therefore one of the smartest animals in the world.
Pigs have the ability to learn new skills easily which helps them adapt to complex environmental situations. It is thought that a middle aged pig can be as smart as a three year old human.
It’s a well-known fact that bottlenose dolphins have one of the highest brain to body mass ratios in the animal kingdom. They can recognise themselves in a mirror, as they are self-aware, and have excellent communication skills.
In terms of intelligence, our 8 legged friends are known to rule the invertebrates. They use incredibly well-devised strategies in order to hunt for food and are known for their amazing problem solving skills.
When it comes to gathering and storing food, squirrels are pretty accomplished creatures. They are skilled at deducing how to obtain their food and also have an incredible memory, so they remember where they have put it.
Among one of the most intelligent birds, crows can solve complicated problems. They can adapt to tricky situations, working out how to use the resources around them to meet their goals.
Elephants are thought of to be incredibly intelligent by non-human standards. They have been known to be empathetic and are very good at processing complex social interactions.
Contrary to popular belief, parrots cannot talk. What they can do is mimic, which is still pretty impressive for an animal. Regardless, they are still good problem solvers with excellent memories.
Dogs- It’s not because they are man’s best friend that they make it on this list; however, dogs do have high emotional intelligence and the ability to pick up lots of new skills through training.
Orangutans are quite similar to chimpanzees in their intelligence. They are incredibly good at imitating human actions.