Top 30 Most Intelligent Animals In the World

Do you know about the most intelligent animals after humans? You will be surprised to know that our planet inhabits many intelligent animals species. Here we have listed 30 most intelligent animals on the planet.

We are the alpha leaders of this planet but this doesn’t mean that this planet is devoid of intelligent animals. We are sharing our world with many intelligent animal species. Though they may not be “quantum mechanics” kind intelligent but they sure are intelligent enough to adapt and evolve. Many of these intelligent animals live in group and societies with their own rules. Every member of their society follows the rules. This shows how understanding and intelligent they are. Here are the 30 smartest animals on earth:

Most Intelligent Animals on Earth

30. King Cobra
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Snakes were considered intelligent by many ancient cultures. This was visible from the fact that many ancient cave drawings had snake head on the body of a man, suggesting that they were considered important. Recent researches on snake showed that they have very good learning skill and pretty good memory.
29. Bees
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Bees have one of the most admired social systems in the world. They live for the hive, they die for the hive. They work in perfect co-ordinations to make the honeycomb. Their society has a set of rules that every bees follow. They even have a queen which is protected by other bees at all cost.
28. Bonobos
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Bonobos are relatives of highly intelligent animal – Chimpanzees. Though they are not as intelligent as Chimps but they are still relatively smart as compared to other animals.
27. Cow
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For all you beef lovers – here is a quick fact, Cows are intelligent animals. They are among those animal species that make best friends and stay with them forever. Cows think about the future too. They feel pain and emotions like jealousy. Next time you eat beef remember you killed an intelligent animal.
26. Squids
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The distant relative of Octopus is as intelligent and curious as Octopus. They have shown learning abilities, navigational skills and cognitive abilities. They just live to feed; in fact they love to explore surroundings to learn new things.
25. Spiders
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Spiders are so intelligent that they got a degree in web designing. No Seriously, Just imagine how perfectly they weave their hexagonal webs. Not only this they choose a perfect location for their web and design it while keeping things like orientation and size in mind.

24. Ants
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Ants are wonder of nature in many ways. They probably show the most perfect social system on earth. They are hard-working and ‘honest’ and did I told you they impressively smart animals. Just imagine the coordination of 20 something million ants to carry out simple task such as food hunting in groups.
23. Baboons
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Baboons have very expressive faces and they live in a very complex social system. Baboons are able to recognize faces and they also solved number problems. This makes them smarter mammal as compared to other mammals.
22. Sea Lions
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When Lions and Tigers were not affordable for Circuses then they looked for other options. In the end they found sea lions. Sea Lion’s ability to learn quickly and also their friendly behaviour made them a prize animal of the show. Sea Lions were called as the smartest animals on earth by many Circus owners.
21. Orangutans
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Planet of the Apes made common people more aware about the various Apes species. Among them the most unique was Orangutan. Orangutans are actually very intelligent animals and they have showed the ability to use tools. Also they are good imitators.
20. Pigeons
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While European countries used Raven as messengers, Asian countries like India used Pigeon for it. There was a good reason for choosing Pigeons as messengers. They have sharp memory and are able to recognize faces. Also they have amazing ability of geo location.
19. Crows
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There is a popular story in Panchtantra where a thirsty crow threw pebbles in a pot so that the shallow water reaches the top and he is able to drink it. This story surely be inspired from real life events because Crows have shown ability to solve complex problems with unique patterns.
18. Sheeps
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You might not recognize your distant relative but sheeps actually have such sharp memory that they can recognize their friend even after years. In an experiment few sheep even showed the executive decision making trait.
17. Raccoons
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Raccoons have above average intelligence levels as compared to other animals in the animal kingdom. Raccoons are known for valuing their friendship and working in groups.
16. Horses
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History has it that there were many warriors who had special relationships with their horses. A Well trained horse understands all the commands of its master at ease. They develop emotional feelings with their master.
15. Monkeys (Rhesus)
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You might remember the scene from Disney’s The Jungle Book (2016) where hundreds of monkeys planned and worked together to kidnap Mowgli. The scene is based on a real fact that Monkey works in group and often carry out difficult tasks with ease. This shows their intelligence.
14. Falcons
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Falcons are good predators and they are excellent memory map. Falcons were used as messengers in early times and this shows that how clever falcons were.
13. Rats
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Rats may look ugly to millions of people on the globe but these sewage dwelling little creatures are very intelligent animals. They have a similar DNA to us and that is why they are subject of so many experimentations.
12. Owls
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Owls are considered intelligent from the ancient times. In fact many ancient cultures considered them the wisest bird. They may not be the wisest but they are still very clever birds.
11. Cats
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Most cat owners will agree on this. Even though Cats spend most of their day sleeping or doing cute funny stuffs but these little creatures have a pretty decent mind. Big Cats such as Lion, Tiger, and Leopard are apex predators while the small cats are apex entertainers. Cats are able to learn to new skills and in fact consider them way more intelligent than dogs.
10. Squirrels
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Squirrels are so intelligent that you might find them living under water in a dome and have best friend who happens to be a sponge. Jokes aside, but these speedy little creatures are actually very intelligent. Squirrels brain focus on food stealing and they map and solve this problem all their life. You now know why Chip and Dale are always food hunting.
9. Elephants
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As shown in Disney’s The Jungle Book (2016), Elephants are very smart animals. They have the largest brain as compared to other land animals. However it’s not their brain size but their lifestyle that makes them intelligent as compared to others. Elephants communicate each other with Seismic signals and live in communities and make strong social bonds.
8. Octopus
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Octopus owns the largest brain among the vertebrates. His brain has 100 million neurons but they are distributed in his eight arms. An Octopus can regrow its arms. Octopus has shown some really impressive problem solving skills. There was an instance when an octopus came out of a jar by turning its lid.
6. Dogs
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Yes, Man’s Best Friend is one of the smartest animals in the world. They are cute, they are fluffy and they have a very good learning power. Dogs are considered to be equivalent of 3 to 5 year old human kid.
5. Whales
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The biggest animal in the world is also among the smartest animals on the planet. Despite their big size, Whales prefer to live in societies and are known to communicate each other with high pitch sounds.
4. Parrots
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Parrots and specially African Grey parrots are exceptionally smart birds. They can not only mimic human beings but they have above average reason powers and a very complex characteristic.
3. Dolphins (Bottlenose)
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Dolphins might actually be smarter than us. If some researches are to be believed than Dolphins are way smarter than us. Dolphins call each other by mimicking their vocal signature. This is equivalent to us calling each other by their names. Dolphins surely are very intelligent animals. Also they are cute.
2. Pigs
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This might come as a surprise to many but Pigs are actually very smart animals. Meat eaters may not like this but yes Pigs have brain and feelings. They might be dirty all the times but the actual reason behind this is that they don’t have sweat glands and dirt keeps them cool.
1. Chimpanzees
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One fact that you might know is that Chimps share 99% DNA with us. We did not evolve from Chimps though but they are our long relatives and they share many character traits similar to us. Chimps live in societies and have a certain set of rules for the functioning of society. The can solve simple math problems and can be taught sign language. Also they have a problem solving mind, which means that they can adapt to any environment.
BONUS: Human Being
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Sorry if you didn’t expected this. But we too are animals of one kind and of course we are the smartest animal on this planet. We came a long way, from the invention of fire to the launching of Juno in the orbit of Jupiter – we of course have created miracles and are the most intelligent animal on earth.

Which animal do you think is the smartest? Do you think that Dinosaur were the smartest animals on our planet? From what ape did human being evolved?

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