Why are we talking about it?

Because February 2 is the World Animal Intelligence Day. The opportunity to discuss more closely what our friends have in mind!

Have memory, use language, tools … many animals are capable! Science constantly makes new discoveries about the brain of animals and their capacities. But why do these discoveries fascinate us? And what can they serve? To know more, 1jour1actu interviewed Fleur Daugey, ethologist (animal specialist).

Chimpanzee Gabon Intelligence

We are not the only ones using tools! This chimpanzee from Gabon, Africa, uses a stone to crack nuts. (© Cyril Ruoso / Biosphoto / AFP).

Daugey flower(© A. Johannet)

1jour1actu : There are more and more amazing discoveries about the intelligence of animals. Why?

Daugey flower: Because we is interested more and more about what goes on in their heads! We knew things about it a long time ago animalsbut we did not speak much about it. Today the media and the public are much more interested in These questions.

Why are we talking about it so often?

Daugey flower: Because for a long time, science said that animals were not smart. the human self-considered a creature apart, top for everyone else. Now we discover that more and more animals have their own mind, and are even able to have emotions ! This asks us questions about ourselves and about our own place the planet.

But in fact, what is intelligence?

Daugey flower: Intelligence is the capacity living creatures to fit to the world around them. But I would say that it is mainly the ability to solve problems for instance make a tool to catch food, like some monkeys using twigs to catch insects.

What can be used for discoveries of animal intelligence?

Daugey flower: I think the beasts have a lot of things for us to learn. We were already inspired animal body to build machines, such as planes that mimic the form wings of birds. Now it may be up to you behaviour animals to give us ideas. For example, some animals, such as chimpanzeesuse plants to take care of themselves: by observing them, you could discover new remedies.

(© 1jour1actu / Milan press).(© 1jour1actu / Milan press).

Would you like to know more about the amazing characteristics of animals? If you subscribe to 1jour1actu, find a poster about animal intelligence in our number 220, published on January 25, 2019.

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