iPads are everywhere, even in the orangutan cages at Miami’s Jungle Island. As reported by Fox News, the Florida zoo is experimenting with iPads and using them to communicate with their apes. The apes are using a graphics-rich app designed to communicate with autistic children. Not surprisingly, it’s the younger apes that are most adept at picking up the iPad, while the older ones just ignore it.
Linda Jacobs, who oversees the iPad project, is excited by the possibility of letting other people communicate with the zoo’s orangutans, Currently, only those trained in the ape’s sign language can effectively communicate with the animals. Now that the orangutans are armed with iPads, they can talk to untrained personnel and maybe even interact with park visitors.