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Orangutans use Apple iPads for fun and 'mental stimulus'

Mary-Ann Russon | Jan. 30, 2013
The latest creative use of the iPad is to study animal behaviour in orangutans. The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington is one of 12 zoos around the world that have joined a program called 'Apps for Apes', which aims to enrich the lives of captive primates by offering them fun activities using old, donated iPads.

Some developers are also in talks with the charity, interested in designing apps for the orangutans using design techniques like those used in children's software.

The Smithsonian National Zoo is currently accepting donations of iTunes gift cards to broaden its app base via their Giving Tree, while Orangutan Outreach is handling donations of iPad hardware.

 

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