Can You Identify These Highly Intelligent Animals?

By: Sameena Mughal
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Raccoon Can you name these trash divers?
Kinkajou
Raccoon
Raccoons are the burglars of the wilderness. Researchers have found that they have sophisticated problem-solving skills. One study determined that they can pick locks in fewer than ten attempts.
Coati
Beaver

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Chimpanzee Do you recognize this primate?
Chimpanzee
The genetic code of the chimpanzee matches the human genetic code almost 99%. In one experiment, chimps outperformed humans in remembering numbers. They are organized hunters and have strong memories.
Drill
Gibbon
Squirrel monkey

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Ant Do you know this worker?
Termite
Beetle
Cricket
Ant
Ants have highly efficient colonies with workers collaborating to carry out daily tasks. They organize themselves according to smell and adapt their jobs according to need.

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Dog Who is this four-legger?
Wolf
Coyote
Dog
Dogs are one of the most loyal animals and are excellent at learning and making connections. They can respond to cues for commands, often have excellent memories and can remember food and routes.
Dingo

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Pigeon You don't want to be one, but what do you call it?
Hummingbird
Pigeon
Scientists have found that pigeons can learn concepts that you would not expect them to. Pigeons can learn math rules that most animals cannot. They also can recognize a person by face.
Partridge
Robin

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Chicken Don't be one. But can you name it?
Quail
Grouse
Chicken
Chickens are much more intelligent than you may realize. Research has shown that chickens have memory and can count. In some studies, they have demonstrated an ability to think ahead.
Pheasant

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Cat What is the name of this house creature?
Puma
Ocelot
Cat
Some people think that because they are less trainable that cats are not as intelligent as dogs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cats are super smart and adaptable to many situations.
Cougar

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Honeybee Can you name this flyer?
Hornet
Wasp
Mosquito
Honeybee
Honeybees have some of the most sophisticated communities in the animal kingdom. They cooperate to find the best home for all and come to decisions together, even voting on a location.

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Crow Can you name this screamer?
Vulture
Crow
Crows are resourceful creatures. They can figure out how to make tools out of branches, feathers and other things they find around them. They learn by watching other crows, which shows a deeper intelligence.
Turkey
None of these

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Octopus
The octopus is proof of how handy having eight legs is. These amazing animals can use their many limbs to take lids off jars, slink through small areas to escape and climb out of tanks.
Giant squid
Jellyfish
Chambered nautilus

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Elephant What is the name of this gentle giant?
Woolly mammoth
Elephant
Elephants are among the few animals on the planet who are highly self-aware, so much so that they can recognize themselves in a mirror. Only apes, humans and dolphins can do that.
Rhinoceros
Hyrax

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African Grey Parrot It might want a cracker, but what do you call it?
African grey parrot
African greys are considered the rocket scientists of the parrot breed. Researchers have found that they can reason and can navigate cause-and-effect relationships.
Cockatoo
Macaw
Cockatiel

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Rhesus Monkey Can you tell us the name of this primate?
Lemur
Marmoset
Tarsier
Rhesus monkey
Rhesus monkeys are considered Old World monkeys. They have been used to great effect in medical research, helping humans identify blood types. They were the first monkeys in space too.

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Squid Can you name this sea creature?
Coral
Ammonite
Sea anemone
Squid
Despite being colorblind, squid can camouflage themselves and can make others aware of their color-change. They can produce light to blend into their environments. To avoid predators, they shoot an ink jet that shields them.

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Squirrel Can you name this gatherer?
Chinchilla
Squirrel
Who would guess that squirrels can be master plotters? If they feel their stash of food is threatened or an enemy is near, they can throw intruders off their tracks by covering it up with another animal's smell.
Rat
Hamster

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Cow What do you call this rancher?
Buffalo
Cow
Since they tend to graze all day in a herd, intelligence isn't the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of a cow. They have long memories and can figure out a task when it's presented to them.
Brangus
Shorthorn

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Sea otter Do you know these playful sea-dwellers?
Monk seal
Walrus
Sea otter
Sea otters have extraordinary abilities with tools that are not seen in many other animals. They can open clams with rocks they find and can figure out how to stack cups.
Weasel

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Bottlenose dolphin Don't call him Flipper. What would you call him?
Blue whale
Amazon river dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin
Bottlenose dolphins are considered one of the most intelligent animals on Earth by many scientists. They are highly communicative with each other and have a special whistle to identify themselves.
Baiji

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Goat He isn't called billy. What's he called?
Moose
Sheep
Alpaca
Goat
Despite attempting to eat everything in sight, goats are more intelligent than you might think. In an Australian study, researchers had goats work a lever to get food, and most figured it out within four attempts.

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Rainbowfish Can you tell us the name of this fish?
Mosquitofish
Pike
Killifish
Rainbowfish
Rainbowfish learn at a quicker rate than some mammals, rats specifically. In some studies, they have remembered where and when they have found food in a shorter amount of time than rats.

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Orangutan Who is this swinging ape?
Orangutan
Orangutans are one of the smartest primates. In many studies, scientists have been able to teach them basic language. In one study, they were able to use symbols on a computer monitor.
Mandrill
Howler monkey
Bush baby

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Vampire bat It's a sucker. What do you call it?
Vampire bat
Although they aren't blind as many believe, vampire bats can detect prey through echoes. They are social animals who share their food and help groom others in their group.
Flying fox
Natalus
Chupacabra

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Pig Do you recognize this farm animal?
Warthog
Babirusa
Wild boar
Pig
Pigs get a bad rap because they roll around in mud all day and eat a lot. But studies show how intelligent these barnyard animals are. They can interact with a video screen and know the difference between marks they know and marks they don't.

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Rat Do you know this pointy-nosed rascal?
Gopher
Lemming
Rat
Many people are fearful of rats, but those who keep them as pets know differently. Like dogs, they know their names, and they will come when their owners call for them. Researchers have also found that they can come to conclusions with the information they have.
Beaver

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Gorilla What is this majestic primate called?
Sportive lemur
Galago
Ape
Gorilla
Gorillas, like many Great Apes, have excellent communication abilities with humans. Scientists taught a gorilla named Koko sign language, and she eventually was able to understand English.

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Horse Of course you would know this one. Can you tell us its name?
Zebra
Saola
Horse
Animal researchers say horses learn faster than dogs and other herd animals. They can determine who and what is a threat very quickly. They have great memories and can identify shapes like a chimpanzee can.
Nilgai

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Killer whale Can you recognize this ocean behemoth?
Beluga whale
Killer whale
Killer whales have brains that can weigh close to 15 pounds. This size gives them a tremendous capacity for making sense of their environment. They can teach communication and survival skills that last for generations.
Humpback whale
Porpoise

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Penguin
Penguins are mostly social animals who conduct daily activities, like hunting in groups. Males, in particular, have keen navigation ability and can find their mates among large groups of penguins.
Razorbill
Puffin
Booby

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Jumping spider Can you name this arachnid?
Scorpion
Jumping spider
Jumping spiders have excellent vision, which aids them when they hunt. They can envision where the prey is and plan routes to get to it. They can adapt and change if their previous plan doesn't work.
Daddy longlegs
Centipede

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Baboon What's the name of this social butterfly of the primate world?
Baboon
Baboons have been known to be able to differentiate between real words and words that are made up, even if they can't read them. Their ability to find patterns helps them make sense of the letters.
Colobus
Kipunji
Debrazza's monkey

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Mouse Can you quietly name this rodent?
Gerbil
Hamster
Mouse
A mouse may be quiet and small, but it's a lot craftier than you might realize. It will use its sense of smell and hearing to avoid predators. It also has a great memory so that it can memorize routes.
Guinea pig

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Nutcracker What is this bird's name?
Robin
Nutcracker
Nutcrackers have highly sophisticated memories. When they store pine seeds for the winter, they hide about 30,000 in up to 15,000 different spots, and they remember them all.
Hummingbird
Swallow

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Manta Ray Can you tell us the name of this ocean giant?
Batoid
Whale shark
Manta ray
Manta rays have the biggest brains in the fish world with highly developed regions for learning. They have been known to recognize their reflections in a mirror, which very few animal species can do.
Shark

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Monitor lizard Do you recognize this reptile?
Gecko
Iguana
Monitor lizard
Monitor lizards set themselves apart from other reptiles when hunting and consuming animals. It can be systematic in the whole process. At times, it will tear its prey in pieces instead of swallowing it whole.
Gila monster

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Falcon Can you name this bird of prey?
Raven
Falcon
Because of their keen minds, falcons are considered some of the easiest birds to train. They are fast and efficient hunters. Their trainers can also call them back when they send them away.
Hawk
Osprey

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Cuttlefish Can you name this water creature?
Eagle ray
Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish, like most cephalopods, can mimic other animals. To protect itself from predators, it will imitate the actions of a hermit crab, which is an animal other animals will not eat.
Stingray
Mobula

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Walrus
Elephant seal
Sea lion
Sea lions can make mental connections that typically only humans and primates can make. They have a keen sense of matching signals and symbols, which helps them find food and recognize danger.
Brown fur seal

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Scrub jay The bluebird on your shoulder is called what?
Scrub jay
In a study conducted by the University of Cambridge, it was found that scrub jays can prepare for what their future needs will be and plan accordingly. If they think their food will become scarce, they will put it aside.
Mountain bluebird
Bahama swallow
Cerulean warbler

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Jackdaw Do you know this brainy bird?
Rook
Partridge
Jackdaw
Jackdaws can figure out where food is by gestures. Like primates, they use their eyes to communicate with members of their group. Many will care for their family members who have suffered an injury.
Magpie

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Tuskfish Can you name this colorful marine animal?
Tuskfish
Recently, researchers have discovered that tuskfish can create "tools" out of its environment, which is a higher-order skill not typical among fish. It will use the nearest hard object to break open clams.
Spanish hogfish
Clown triggerfish
Wrasse

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