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Apps for apes: give your old iPad to a bored orangutan

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Apps for apes: give your old iPad to a bored orangutan
Did you know that there's a special program which aims to enrich the lives of orangutans living in zoos by donating iPads to those zoos? These iPads are then used to entertain our intelligent friends and bring some diversity to their otherwise monotonous lives. That program is called "Apps for Apes" and the latest zoo to take advantage of it is the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Looking for ways to improve the lifestyle of its orangutans, the ape keepers at the zoo decided that they should turn to the Orangutan Outreach organization and the "Apps for Apes" program. Initially, the zoo had only one iPad which it used to run various kinds of apps such as ones simulating musical instruments like piano and drums, drawing apps and even some brain games. Apparently, even orangutans could not resist the allure of the iPad as the program is considered to be a success not only by Smithsonian, but also by the other zoos that participate. When asked what they like most about the iPad, most orangutans from the zoo responded with "I really enjoy the snappy dual-core processor and large assortment of applications, although the UI seems a bit too simplistic. I would like to try something a bit more advanced, like an OS with widgets and real multitasking, for example."

Those apes sure know what they are talking about! All joking aside, those of you who'd like to become part of the program and help some orangutans stimulate their mental activity can donate their old iPad to Orangutan Outreach here. Alternatively, you can just send it to our office. After all, we're not that different. Want to exchange pics?

Hit the play button below for a few minutes of orangutan vs iPad action.

source: SmithsonianScience via SlashGear

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 06:57

1. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

turning into media take out now smh

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:05 14

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Wow, those are some hairy fanboys.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:11 9

3. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

or they can buy a cheap android tablet with a resistive touch screen which will cost lesser than a second hand ipad.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 21:06

10. stealthd (unregistered)

They want them to play with them, not throw them against a wall in frustration.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 08:22 12

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Does that mean that apes are caching up with "some" people?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 08:42 5

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I think they're not quite there yet...maybe they'll figure out which OS is what and later, they might even switch to Android or WP figuring out that iMaps actually lead them to the APPLE tree instead of the banana tree.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 12:23

6. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Planet of the Apes.


posted on 24 Jan 2013, 12:32 2

7. Droiddoes (unregistered)

That orangutan is thinking "wait, you said this is the NEW ipad, it looks and acts exactly like the old one, the f*ck is this? I'll not have my intelligence insultied, good day sir."

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:29

8. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Will they throw iPads instead of feces?

The painting and music apps could be interesting. Elephants and other Great Apes besides orangs have shown an interest in painting and making music (not electronically).

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:25 2

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Gift the iPad to Balmer ... he will act better on those apps :)

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