Orangutans show off video game skills at Atlanta zoo

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Donald Melanson
April 13th, 2007
In this article: ibm, orangutan, primates, zoo
Orangutans show off video game skills at Atlanta zoo
While they don't yet appear to have tried their hand at Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, a pair of orangutans at Zoo Atlanta have recently started to hone their skills at some slightly simpler fare, which some IBM workers developed for the zoo in their time off. Apparently designed to study the cognitive skills of the primates, the games involve drawing pictures with the touchscreen, picking out identical photographs, and matching orangutan sounds to the proper picture. For each correct answer, the orangutans are rewarded with a food pellet -- something Nintendo would be wise to consider for its next console.

[Via FARK, photo courtesy of Gene Blythe/AP]
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