Ever wonder what your pet is thinking when he looks at you? Does it seem like he really understands what’s going on? Chances are, it’s more than just a coincidence you’re feeling this way. Animals are so much smarter than we give them credit for! Take the kids to Science Central for the Wild Minds exhibit and see just how brilliant animals are. Wild2 From now through September 8, learn about the lesser-known cognitive skills that animals possess. Created as a partnership with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Wild Minds takes you inside the minds of animals, ranging from the family dog to an ocean-dwelling octopus. Animals use their thinking capabilities as a strategy to adapt to changing environments, and they use all their senses to experience their surroundings. The exhibition was developed by the New York Hall of Science, and illustrates the shared cognitive skills of animals that are key signs of higher mental abilities. Not that you can expect to carry on a scintillating, intellectual conversation with Fido, but you’ll learn how smart animals are by their ability to use tools, solve problems, develop self-awareness, and the ability to communicate. Like humans, they are able to invent, plan, and empathize. Who would have thought? Visit the Wild Minds at Science Central this summer to explore the way animal minds think. Science Central 1950 N. Clinton St. Fort Wayne, IN 46805 260.424.2400 sciencecentral.org