We are aware of the fact that many organisms around us exhibit different levels of intelligence. Time and again, experiments with certain organisms and their response have bewildered scientists and have lead to the discovery of new traits in their behavior. The most interesting aspect lies in the organisms’ interaction with humans or human centric objects. This time it’s the iPad.
The project we are referring to is called Apps For Apes and involves the distribution of iPads to zoos around the world. The iPad is targeted at the intelligent orangutan species so that they can get a vibe of the device while also connect with other orangutans across zoos using the video chat feature.
The idea of introducing the iPads came as a result of the primates’ seclusion during winter months when social interactions [a very important aspect of their behavior] get limited. The use of the iPad in such circumstances will not only allow to keep a check on the boredom that would prevail but help the species to learn a thing or two about the highly appreciated human device. The founder of Orangutan Outreach, Richard Zimmerman have stated that the usage of the device would solely depend on the animals interest. If they don’t feel like they are not going to be pushed into it. As a matter of fact, he states that the device would be used as a means of enrichment for the animals rather than any research work, although many researchers have already shown interest in the idea.
The project as of now is dealing with the challenge of providing iPads to zoos since the cash reserve of Orangutan Outreach would now and always be applied for the conservation of the species, rescue missions etc. Help is required is the form of donations which can be done at Orangutan Outreach for those interested in doing so.