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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AFP (Aug. 31, 2016) Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild. For the first time in history, Bornean orangutans were declared critically endangered, one step away from total extinction.
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AFP (Apr. 6, 2012) For the orangutans at the Milwaukee zoo, life isn't restricted to eating, sleeping and hanging out on their side of the glass enclosure. For the past year, they've been exploring the world thanks to ... watch video
AP (Apr. 20, 2012) Heart disease is a leading killer of great apes in captivity. Atlanta's zoo is home to the Great Ape Heart Project, which is dedicated to understanding, diagnosing and treating heart disease in the ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Feb. 21, 2013) Due to human encroachment, habitat destruction, illegal hunting and disease, many animals are facing the danger of extinction.
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AP (July 4, 2014) Performance capture actor Terry Notary is the best in the world at moving his human body like an ape. Notary makes the chimps come alive in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' He talks about his craft ... watch video
Reuters - News Video Online (Apr. 14, 2015) A go-pro camera captures the moment a chimpanzee uses a stick to destroy a drone flying around an ape enclosure in a Netherlands zoo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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