>> A gorilla patiently uses a twig to guide a peanut through this puzzle game. It's designed to entertain and enrich the lives of great apes in captivity, who, just like us, are prone to boredom. Likewise, they've come up with a distinctly human trait to beat the system.>> So we've seen a lot of cheating behavior going on where they've been putting their lips up against the device and sucking their nut out which was not how we intended the device to be used.
They have some fascinating problem solving abilities that have probably not been witnessed before.>> The game has proved a hit with the zoo's troop of endangered western lowland gorillas since being introduced to them earlier this year. Scientists from the gorilla games lab designed it to be modular, with countless combinations to keep the primates coming back for more.
Inbuilt sensing technology records how, when, and where the gorillas use it. Future models could have health monitoring too.>> Things like eyesight, hearing, other cognitive function, all of these could be measurable further on down the line.>> Eventually, they'd like to offer the technology as an open source cognitive enrichment tool for all zoos with great apes.