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As humans, we are very much aware that we are more intelligent than many of the animal species that we share our planet with. However, our high IQ is not alone in the animal kingdom as a number of other animals display characteristics of having a higher brainpower than most.

Dolphins have been declared the second cleverest creatures after humans as their complex communication between one another, and the fact that they have been observed displaying some highly unique behaviours (including males collecting gifts for females), means that these animals function in a highly intelligent way.

Using Tools To
Get Food

As one of our closest living relatives, chimpanzees are also one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, displaying complex social behaviours. Not only are they known to use rocks and sticks as tools to get food in the wild, but studies have also shown that these animals have a photographic memory that is far superior to our own.

The leatherback turtle is one of the oldest creatures on the planet, and it's 65 million years of experience has led to an interesting trait. Leatherback turtles are known to travel thousands of miles in search of food but always return to the same beach to breed, often within meters of where they hatched themselves.

The Matriarch Never

The elephant dominates its habitat wherever it lives, but the old saying that an elephant never forgets is in fact true. The matriarch (oldest female) leads the herd on the same migratory path every year and a study conducted in 2001 also suggests that they are able to remember faces using their memory and good sense of smell.

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