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Orangutans are great communicators, whether if it's through sign language or gestures or sounds they make. Now, trainers ...
at Jungle Island in Miami are using technology to help the apes communicate with humans. (May 9th)
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[Location: MIAMI - April 4 & 9, 2012][Source: AP][VO: NAT of apes][NATSOT: trainer with ape][VOICE-OVER]SIGN LANGUAGE HAS HELPED ORANGUTANS TELL THEIR TRAINERS WHAT THEY WANT FOR YEARS....(NAT of trainer ape asking for food)[VOICE-OVER]NOW, THEY'RE TURING TO TECHNOLOGY.(NAT of iPad)[SOT: ]("They are sort of trapped in those bodies.")[VOICE-OVER]LINDA JACOBS HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING AT JUNGLE ISLAND FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. SHE SAYS ORANGUTANS ARE GREAT COMMUNICATORS, WHETHER IT'S THROUGH SIGN LANGUAGE......GESTURES OR SOUNDS....(nat of trainer asking to see ear)[VOICE-OVER]THEY ALSO HAVE GREAT MEMORIES. SO TRAINERS HERE ARE USING IPADS TO GET THE APES TALKING. [SOT: Jacobs, no super]("They have the intelligence that they need to communicate, but they don't have the right equipment because they don't have voice boxes or vocal chords. So this gives them a way to let us know what they know, what they are capable of, what they would like to have.")(nat of iPad)[VOICE-OVER]TECHNOLOGY ISN'T FOR EVERY APE HERE EITHER. THE YOUNG ONES PICK UP ON IT QUICKLY, BUT THE OLDER ONES AREN'T INTERESTED. IN THE FUTURE, JACOBS HOPES VISITORS CAN INTERACT WITH THE APES USING A SIMILAR SOFTWARE. [SOT: Melody Saleh, park visitor]("They are very, very intelligent animals. They are very smart. I think it's great to see them interact like that.")[SOT: Jacobs, no super]"If I gave them the iPad, I could just basically hand them $600 and say go have fun. And they'd eat it. So until we come up with a better screen or a better case, I'm going to hold onto the iPad."[VOICE-OVER]BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW YOU SEE IT, THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL REALLY IS JUST LIKE US - WE ALL WANT TO GET OUR HANDS ON THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY. SUZETTE LABOY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, MIAMI(****END****)