Some orangutans at the Toronto Zoo have new gadgets to play with.
The primates are given iPads to test their memories and adaptability as part of the the ‘Apps for Apes’ program. The Toronto Zoo is the only Canadian institution taking part in the program – other participants include Zoo Atlanta, the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington.
“This just gives them a way of communicating with us,” says Matt Berridge, wildlife keeper at the Toronto Zoo.
While the apes first instincts are to eat or break the tech gadgets, Berridge adds that they’re still just learning how to touch the Apple devices. The orangutans can access their iPads by touching its screen through a cage.
So far, no iPads have been destroyed or broken by the apes yet.
Berridge appeared on the Friday edition of Global Toronto’s The Morning Show to give us insight into how the apes are playing with their new gadgets.