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Monday, April 16, 2007

Games A Monkey Could Play

The orangutans use a touch screen built into a tree-like structure that blend in with their zoo habitat. Visitors watch from a video monitor in front of the exhibit.

"That's so cool," Jeri McCarthy told her three daughters as Bernas drew a red, blue and yellow picture on the screen. "He can't get enough!"

(AP) A video monitor in the orangutan habitat viewing area at Zoo Atlanta shows the colors and designs...Full ImageZoo officials hope the exhibit will raise awareness of the rapidly diminishing wild orangutan population, which is on track to completely disappear in the next decade, and potentially provide keys to their survival.

"The more we understand about orangutan's cognitive processes, the more we'll understand about what they need to survive in the wild," said Tara Stoinski, manager of conservation partnerships for the zoo. "It enables us to show the public how smart they are."

In one game, orangutans choose identical photographs or match orangutan sounds with photos of the animals - correct answers are rewarded with food pellets. Another game lets them draw pictures by moving their hands and other body parts around the screen. Printouts of their masterpieces are on display in the zoo.
-- My Way News - Orangutans Play Video Games at Ga. Zoo

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Thomas said...

(finally thought of a decent comment)

Oh, it's orangutans! I saw the title and thought it was a post about Tekken.

Josh said...

*cues cymbals crash*