Asian Elephants Display High IQ by Solving Puzzles for Food

Researchers have published a new study in Animal Behavior that demonstrated just how intelligent elephants can be. We know that elephants along with dolphins and chimpanzees were some of the most erudite mammals, but these researchers tested elephants intelligence through a series of puzzles.

"This is the first research study to show that individual wild elephants have different willingness and abilities to problem solve in order to get food," said the study's lead author Sarah Jacobson, a psychology doctoral candidate studying animal cognition at the CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College.
"This is important knowledge, because how animals think and innovate may influence their ability to survive in environments that are rapidly changing due to human presence."

You may watch a video of one of the elephants solving a puzzle on Phys.

(Image credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann/Unsplash)

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