All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing (one might say) to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.

Aristotle Metaphysics Book I. Chapter 1. Opening lines

It is the desire to know that sets us as humans apart from the animals. The quest for more than basic food and survival is what makes us human. While it is true that some animals are intelligent and can learn things, they do not have an overwhelming desire to learn new things. Nor do animals make any attempt to express what they do learn which in humans takes the form of art