Orangutans Find Mates on Tinder

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Stay away from the self-absorbed ones, Samboja!


 

Orangutans, you swingers. Now there’s a Tinder for you

Samboja the female orangutan will scroll through pictures of males and let zookeepers know which ones she’d like to invite over for a little monkey business.

cnet

As part of an experiment called “Tinder for Orangutans,” employees at the Apenheul primate park in the Netherlands plan to show Samboja images of eligible males on a touchscreen tablet. If she pays extra attention to a picture or video, that’s a sign she might want to meet the guy for some innocent fur grooming — and possibly more.

Since Samboja’s prospects come from as far away as Singapore, the zoo wants to increase the chances of dating success by giving Samboja a say in her love life.

The researchers hope to gain insight into how female orangutans pick their mates. Tinder for Orangutans is part of a larger collaborative study of bonobo and orangutan emotions by Apenheul and the University of Leiden. Other parts of the study also involve showing animals pictures of peers on a touchscreen and having them tap a dot that measures their response…

This isn’t the first time orangutans have have played with tablets. Zoos around the world have adopted Apps for Apes, a program from Orangutan Outreach that gives the animals an iPad for mental stimulation.


 

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