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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > October-December 2018 (84) > Animal intelligence

Animal intelligence

Have you ever been on safari and wondered how animals think? By Len Rix

Anyone who has watched film of a pack of wild dogs on the hunt must have marvelled at the quality of collective intelligence at work. It seems something quite different in find from whatever it is that drives bees to construct their elaborate geometrical honeycombs, or the architectural ingenuity of termites, with their lofty air-conditioned towers.

More impressive again is the ability of elephants to identify, from inaudible subterranean rumblings alone, known individuals too far away to see, or their ability to calculate the direction of rain a hundred miles distant.

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