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.
Using treats to train animals may be masking their true abilities. Watch the videos as you read the article.
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.