In response to movies about supersmart apes, National Geographic compiled this slideshow about how smart apes really are.
Leatherback turtles, even as tiny hatchlings, can swim across miles of ocean and return to the beach where they hatched. Find out how these amazing animals navigate without GPS.
A study says cats react to the sound of their names, even if they don’t quite understand what it means.
Read about the benefits of zebras’ stripes.
During the Australian summer, snakes follow their instincts to survive the brutal heat and find water by seeing refuge in homes. Learn about the problems their smart decisions can cause for humans.
Even when it doesn’t seem to benefit them, dolphins will often go to great lengths to help and interact with humans. Read about some well-known examples and possible reasons for this behavior.
There’s a very good reason why people refer to a persuasive facial expression as “puppy dog eyes.” Read about one dog owner’s experiences with canine communication.
Elephants travel in herds and are very social. When a fellow elephant is upset, they have a unique way of consoling it.
If you think an octopus is just a weird, creepy sea creature, think again. An octopus is as intelligent as a dog!
In this interview, the author of the book Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel discusses examples of animals showing intelligence and empathy.
What’s the difference between a dog and a wolf, and what does domestication have to do with animal intelligence? Find out the answers, and consider domestication in terms of plants and humans as well.
Check out this photo gallery of some of the most brilliant designs nature has to offer.
If you’ve read “The Mixer,” you know that some guard dogs are better at their jobs than others. Find out what makes a best friend a good protector.
Birds use many tricks to get food. Is it a mark of intelligence? Read the article about this tricky African bird and decide.
Read this interview with a cat expert to find out why our furry friends act the way they do toward us.
A bird can fly anywhere. So why wouldn’t it cross a national border? Find out how scavenging birds have responded to government policies in Europe.
Get an overview of how intelligence appears across the animal world and why humans care so much about it.
If an animal isn’t as fast or strong as its predators, then it has to be smarter to avoid being eaten. Find out about one adaptation that helps some animals outsmart the enemy.
An opinion columnist explores the idea of whether we should think about how smart the kinds of animals we eat might be.
Emmy is one of many veterans who have returned home from war, but she is different in one way: she’s a dog. Trained to sniff out bombs in Afghanistan, she now patrols the Pentagon, making sure it is safe.