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A Dutch zoo hopes to increase the chances of a female orangutan becoming pregnant by seeing if she will choose a mate on a touchscreen before they are introduced.
In a four-year experiment it has called “Tinder for orangutans”, the Apenheul Primate Park in Apeldoorn will show Samboja, an 11-year-old female, pictures of possible partners from an international great ape breeding program. The zoo hopes to gain insight into how female orangutans choose their mates. The scientists will examine whether appearance alone is enough to create attraction between animals.