Technology is playing an important role in modern society. It has not only become indispensable within the job market, but it is also a great Cupid that helps people find their true love. Many persons have succeeded to find their perfect life partners through different applications. It seems that the secret behind this concept is that such tools are helping people to search beyond geographical and social boundaries. As of recently, a Zoo establishment will use the same strategy to increase breeding chances among their apes.
It is not as easy for biologists to manage a successful mating phenomenon as it seems at first sight. Many people believe that all this needs is to bring a female and a male of same species in the same perimeter. However, not only humans have preferences when it comes to true love. Animals have personal standards as well. This is why there were many times when zoo keepers had to take specimens back to their own zoo without a successful mating act.
Thus, a Dutch zoo pursued to open a study regarding the orangutans. They are going to use touchscreen gadgets to showcase a list of possible partners to their female apes. The Apenheul park of primates in Apeldoorn has already started this research that received the title of Tinder for Orangutans. The main character in this love story is Samboja, an 11-year-old female orangutan. For a period of time of four years, she will be presented with a selective list of capable males that are part of an international breeding program for apes.
A behavioral biologist at the Apenheul Park, Thomas Bionda, intends to seize this opportunity to understand better the requests female orangutans have regarding their true love. The authorities hope that another effect of this research will be a successful date between Samboja and the male of her choice.
Thomas Bionda stated that this study is just a part of a greater effort that tries to decipher the spectrum of feelings animals experience in their social relationships. The biologist explained that the emotions in the wild play a vital role. For istance, if an animal misinterprets a sensorial message, the situation can evolve into a fatal one.
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