Orangutan and Otters Get Creative in Smithsonian Project to Enrich Animals' Lives

Donation Program Encourages Animals to Get in Touch with Their Creative Side

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It seems creativity isn't just something that can enhance the lives of humans; the Smithsonian Zoo believes it can actually make the lives of animals better by encouraging them to explore their artistic tendencies. As part of its Animal Enrichment program, which encourages people to donate money for gifts for the animals, the Zoo has released a couple of videos in which (as seen here) Bonnie the orangutan picks out notes on a xylophone in a startlingly human way, and some super-cute small-clawed otters have a keyboard session.

The campaign also invites viewers to donate items such as painting supplies, an iTunes gift card for "Apps for Apes" and various climbing structures for the animals to exercise and play with.

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May 27, 2014
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