Nature Meets Technology At Miami’s Jungle Zoo

Nature Meets Technology At Miami’s Jungle Zoo

When we visit a zoo, it is astonishing to realise just how similar we are to our monkey, gorilla and orangutan friends.  Animals that appear to have human quality’s from their personable eyes through to their remarkable intelligence. Organutans especially have been marked out for their incredible intelligence, and a new experimental study that has taken place at the Jungle Zoo in Miami illustrates just how closely linked they are to us and how they understand their human counterparts more than we could ever have thought.

The Jungle Zoo has turned high-tech and started to use iPads as a way of effectively communicating and interacting with the beautiful creatures.  The orangutans have been using a special app which tells their zoo keepers what food stuffs they would prefer to have for lunch, in a remarkable tale of nature meets technology. The study has also shown how they can differentiate between different types of fruit and identify different body parts.  Linda Jacobs, a Jungle Zoo keeper explains their behaviour: “They have all the intelligence they really need to communicate with us. What they don’t have are developed vocal chords or voice boxes. So they have all the intelligence but not the equipment, this gives them a voice”.

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