ORANGUTANS SIGNED UP TO ‘TINDER FOR APES’
What did they do?
A team at the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands showed Samboja, an 11-year-old female orangutan, pictures of potential mates on a steel-reinforced touchscreen computer. The images had been gathered from an international ape-breeding programme.
Why did they do that?
Since the male partner could come from any number of zoos from around the world, the researchers hoped that ‘ Tinder for apes’ would enable them to increase their chances of setting up a successful breeding encounter.
What did they find?
Although the technique showed promise when trialled on a pair of older orangutans, the tablet didn’t hold up to Samboja’s rough treatment – she promptly smashed the device shortly after being given it. The team is now working on putting together a more robust device for a second attempt at getting her to swipe right.