Engaging Apes App

Welcome to the Support Page for Engaging Apes!


Chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gorillas and other apes are highly intelligent animals that require cognitive stimulation and enrichment to thrive in captivity.  A key element to their happiness is being able to choose preferred foods, activities, objects or companions and to be able to communicate these needs, choices, likes and dislikes to their human caregivers.  This app is designed to aid in that vital communication process by presenting choices to apes in the form of pictures, audio, and video.  The app is meant to be customized to the needs of individual apes through the creation of uniquely meaningful content items.

How to use the app

About the author:

Dr. Ken Schweller is emeritus professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. He is currently head programmer at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, Iowa where he develops computer programs and mobile apps to provide the bonobo residents with cognitive stimulation and enrichment opportunities.

Please contact Dr. Schweller at schweller@bvu.edu with any questions or comments you may have regarding the operation or design of the app.  Thank you!

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