Smithsonian Zoo offers iPads to apes for “cognitive development”

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A program aptly dubbed “Apps for Apes” has been introduced across the globe at various zoos, and is now being adopted by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. and will be used to help Orangutans  develop. Here’s a video showing how the zoo gets the animals to interact with the Apple tablets:

If you want to donate to help keep the project going you can do, by donating iTunes gift cards. So – instead of being at home stuck in front of an iPad yourself – you could pop down to the zoo in Washington D.C., and go watch a primate play Angry Birds in a cage instead. I think it’s fair to say, I don’t value cognitive development of apes that much, so I will be keeping my money in my pocket on this occasion. I’m not keen to see monkeys develop and rule the world Planet of the Apes style.

Via: AppleInsider

 

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  • http://www.redapes.org/ Colleen Reed

    Thanks for mentioning Apps for Apes! Learn more about the iPad enrichment program at Orangutan Outreach: http://www.redapes.org {:(|}