With the wi-fi, zoo visitors will be able to watch the orangutans on a webcam, as well.
Zookeepers have noticed that their orangutans are enraptured by videos of other orangutans they’ve viewed on the iPad. Hopes are that a live video feed will be even more fascinating to the primates.
Rhe zoo’s primate coordinator, Trish Kahn, said, “We’re excited to see where that goes. It could be they don’t care at all, but, from what I understand of them, I think they’re definitely going to be able to understand this is real time and they’re looking at another orangutan."
The orangutans seem to have an uncanny ability to use the iPad, and are extremely good with the touchscreens. Several other zoos have also introduced tablets to their primates with the assistance of the non-profit organization Orangutan Outreach, which launched the "Apps for Apes" campaign after seeing the success of the Milwaukee zoo.
Orangutans need constant stimulation, something the iPads help provide. Without it, they become bored and depressed.
Watch a video below of the Milwaukee Zoo orangutans using their iPads.