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Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington has started the 'Apps for Apes' program, allowing orangutans to play music, draw ...
and even communicate with each other remotely via the iPad's video chat technology. (Jan. 24)
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DURATION: 2:30----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL ZOO VIDEO -- COURTESY1. Washington - date unknown2. Two shot of orangutans using ipadsAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 24, 20133. SOUNDBITE Erin Stromberg, Primate Keeper: "We're one of the few zoos that's part of the Apes for Apes program started by the non-profit organization Orangutan Outreach."AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY4. Washington - January 24, 20135. Close up orangutan face6. Wide shot visitors looking at OrangutansAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 24, 20137. SOUNDBITE Erin Stromberg, Primate Keeper: "We use iPhones, iPads all day and they now have the opportunity to work on them as well. AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 24, 20138. Medium shot of orangutan face9. SOUNDBITE Erin Stromberg, Primate Keeper: "Well Orangutans are very intelligent animals and they're very curious about things that go on outside of their cage so they're very curious of what the iPad is and they're certainly more than willing play around with it."SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL ZOO VIDEO -- COURTESYWashington - date unknown10. Shots of orangutans using ipadsAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 24, 201311. SOUNDBITE Erin Stromberg, Primate Keeper: "A few of their favorite apps tend to be musical apps, so the piano, the drums but also painting apps and even just apps that have animal sounds."12. Medium shot visitor looking at Orangutans13. Close up shot visitor looking at Orangutans14. SOUNDBITE Erin Stromberg, Primate Keeper: "Day-to-day they're really only hearing vocalizations that humans make and Orangutans make or maybe their neighbors the gorillas make, but to have them hear pig sounds or parrot sounds I think really gets their attention."15. Primate keeper showing orangutan iPad through glass16. Medium shot iPad17. Close up iPad18. SOUNDBITE Erin Stromberg, Primate Keeper: "There's very interesting ways that you can use the iPad. If you do Skype with other Orangutans in other zoos, do they recognize animals that they might have lived with at other zoos and things like that. So it's more kind of the social and how they interact. And certainly if it's something that they really enjoy, other zoos might be able to some cognition programs like we already do and have them work pon tough screen computers. So our guys are very used to computers, but maybe it will open up other oppertunities for Orangutans at other zoos. 19. Close up orangutan face20. Medium shot visitor looking at Orangutans21. Tight shot orangutan hand on glass22. Tight shot into focus sign 'apes on a computer?'23. Tight shot orangutan faceSTORYLINE:Information from From Smithsonian's National Zoo:When great ape keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were deciding how to add more variety and enrichment to their animals' lives, they turned to Orangutan Outreach and a program that had seen great success in 12 other zoos around the world: Apps for Apes. With the tap of a finger, keepers are introducing the Zoo's six orangutans to iPads which provide totally unique stimuli. Primate keeper Erin Stromberg tells the AP "day-to-day they're really only hearing vocalizations that humans make and Orangutans make or maybe their neighbors the gorillas make, but to have them hear pig sounds or parrot sounds I think really gets their attention."Stromberg adds "there's very interesting ways that you can use the iPad. If you do Skype with other Orangutans in other zoos, do they recognize animals that they might have lived with at other zoos and things like that. So it's more kind of the social and how they interact.(****END****)