Researchers have discovered that dogs display body awareness. Read on to learn more about how this brings dogs one step closer to self-awareness.
Though Venus flytraps do not have a brain, these carnivorous plants can count to five, differentiate between raindrops and prey, and store short-term memories.
Measuring intelligence in animals is tricky business when every animal processes information differently. Read the article and click through the slideshow to learn how different species show their smarts.
Learn about what guide dogs do, both on the job and “after hours”; where they come from; and how they are raised and trained.
Corvids, birds in the crow family, give new meaning to the phrase “bird-brained.” Read on to learn what these intelligent birds have in common with humans.
Did you know dogs are being trained to smell cancer? Turns out their noses can detect more complex things than you might think!
Did you know you can tap into the webcams at The Smithsonian National Zoo? See how animals—large and small—typically spend their days.
House cats, rats, and pigs—oh my! These creatures are way smarter than you think.
Butterflies may have tiny brains, but they manage an impressive feat of navigation, even when blown off course.
Scientists have learned that wild parrots make tools, talk to each other in their own language, and can prevent poisoning themselves. Read more about the intelligence of these smart birds.
Scientists consider whether animals are intentionally deceptive based on how they interact with other animals.
A surprising side effect of the lockdowns imposed during the global coronavirus pandemic is the sight of wild animals on deserted city streets.
Scientific studies are proving that horses have better memories and more intelligence than previously thought.
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.
Elephants have their own languages, and scientists are learning to discern what their different sounds mean.
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.
New study reveals that bees can add and subtract—just don’t ask them to do your homework!
Scientists have found that goats are able to distinguish emotions from each other’s calls.