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What are the Smartest Animals?

Clark's NutcrackerIt's not so easy to measure how smart an animal is. 

Here's why:

  • It depends on what "job" you test them on.  
  • No one test or routine accurately measures the smarts of all animals.
  • Some animals are experts in learning one way, but not another way.
  • For example, Western scrub jays and Clark's nutcrackers can remember where they stashed food months later--way better than a person could.
  • Here's another example: Rats can easily learn using their sense of smell. But they do poorly when asked to learn the same thing with their eyes or sense of sight.

So, who's the smartest? The more you know, the harder it is to say.  Still, here are the 10 smartest, or most intelligent, animals according to one famous scientist, Edward O. Wilson:

  1. Chimpanzee
  2. Gorilla
  3. Orangutan
  4. Baboon
  5. Gibbon
  6. Monkey
  7. Killer whale and several other so-called toothed whale species
  8. Dolphin
  9. Elephant
  10. Pig

(Source: The Book of Lists #2 by Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, Sylvia Wallace. Published by William Morrow and Co., Inc.)

Here's another list of smart animals, based on recent research. As you can see, scientists don't necessarily agree, and the list often changes:

  1. Dolphins
  2. Chimps and orangutans
  3. Elephants
  4. Parrots (To discover one very smart parrot, click here on this link: African-Gray-Parrots )
  5. Crows (To read more about how smart crows are, click here: Bird-Brains )
  6. Dogs

(Source: timesonline.co.uk. Read more here.)

 

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