Friday, August 11, 2006

Orangutans in the Apenheul Primate Park will get internet chat

Orangutans in the Apenheul Primate Park near Apeldoorn, in the western Netherlands, will soon be able to communicate by means of an Internet connection with their counterparts in a park on Borneo in Indonesia.

An Apenheul spokesperson said the aim of the project was to draw attention to the possibility that there would soon be no orangutans in the wild.

"We are are going to set up an Internet connection between Indonesia and Apeldoorn so that the apes can see each other and, by means of pressing a button, be able to give one another food, for example," she said.

She said the remaining orangutans in the wild in Indonesia were under threat from deforestation.

Apenheul, spread over 12 hectares, was a revolutionary concept when it was set up in 1971, allowing primates and people to interact in an open environment, although with strict rules against touching or feeding the animals.

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