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Saving Apes in Africa

February 21, 2013
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Due to human encroachment, habitat destruction, illegal hunting and disease, many animals are facing the danger of extinction. The ape family has not avoided this fate, as many of its species are endangered.

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AP (May 9, 2012) — Orangutans are great communicators, whether if it's through sign language or gestures or sounds they make. Now, trainers at Jungle Island in Miami are using technology to help the apes communicate with humans.
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Reuters (May 11, 2012) — Orangutans at the Jungle Island Zoo in Florida are learning to use iPads to identify object like body parts and food. The hi-tech approach to communication is modeled on a system used successfully with autistic children. The zoo is hoping it will help visitors connect with the apes and promote awareness of their endangered status in the wild.
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