The Toronto Zoo has posted a video demonstrating their orangutans using iPads, as part of its participation in the ‘Apps for Apes’ program, created in the U.S. The orangutans Puppe and Budi are mother and son, and have used the iPad to play games and paint–but watching videos are their favourite:
“They really like watching the videos of natural things, so maybe that’s why they’re so transfixed on it,” said the zoo’s main orangutan keeper, Matthew Berridge.
Back in Feburary, it was noted Skype would be used to allow the orangutans to do Skype video chats with relatives. In this case, that would be the mother Puppe Skyping with her daughter Jahe, recently sent to a zoo in Memphis.
What’s interesting is the orangutans have been trained to use the iPad with their knuckles, fingertips, lips, toes or tongue. The reason? Their fingernails curl over their finger tips, making it very hard to use the iPad as advertised.
The Toronto Zoo is the only Canadian zoo to participate in the program for orangutans, which are the smartest primates. A dozen other zoos around the globe are participating in the pilot program.
Something to keep in mind when it comes to palm oil as an ingredient we use in food and more:
Orangutans are one of the most endangered species of apes. As a result of palm oil production, their habitats are increasingly at risk.
Specifically, the tropical rain forests in Borneo are being burned down to make room for palm oil plantations.
You can check out the video of the orangutans and iPads here.
[via Toronto Star]
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