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Kansas City Zoo orangutans playing with iPads

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Even the orangutans at the Kansas City Zoo are caught in the iPad craze.

The animals use the touch screens to make music, draw, watch videos and play simple games.

The Kansas City Zoo is part of a national program started by a nonprofit conservation group Orangutan Outreach. The Apps for Apes program is designed to enrich the animals' lives and stimulate their minds. About 20 zoos in North America and New Zealand are in the program, including the National Zoo in Washington.

The zoo uses three iPads and has downloaded about 20 apps so far.

Animal area supervisor Stacia Pieroni says the apes like the colors and simple games, although she admits not every orangutan is always interested in the activities.

Another zookeeper said the apes love to push anything that makes animals sounds and they also really enjoy an interactive fishing game. They also enjoy a painting and drawing programs on their iPads.

The KC Zoo Show first showed viewers about the iPad project in November.

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