Orangutans at the Netherlands’ Apenheul Primate Park are getting an exciting new opportunity to make a love connection. The Dutch zoo has rolled out what it calls “Tinder for orangutans.” The new app will let lonely apes see photos of potential mates. Researchers will evaluate their responses to determine compatibility, the Washington Post reported.
“After seeing the photos, the monkeys have to push a button on the screen. In this way, we can measure their capacity for reaction,” said the park in a recent statement. If you know what they mean, wink, wink. Leiden University researchers said they started the matchmaking program to improve breeding success among the apes.
Thomas Bionda, a biologist at the zoo, told a local newspaper: “Often, animals have to be taken back to the zoo they came from without mating. Things don’t always go well when a male and a female first meet.”
Come on, these are wild animals. How hard can it be to get them in the mood? Maybe provide them with a little patchouli, a nice dinner, a bottle of wine, some Smokey Robinson tunes…
Apparently, it’s really not a fait accompli. Samboia, an 11-year-old female, upon given a tablet, destroyed it. That threw a monkey wrench into the zoo’s plans for primate passion. She missed out on photos from an international breeding program, according to the New York Post.
Stop monkeying around, Samboia, so you can start monkeying around. Do the right thing for your species. Swipe right.