Tinder for orangutans? Zoo starts app to help apes find love

Just when you thought there was a dating app for every demographic, orangutans will now have the chance to swipe right.

A Dutch zoo is hoping to help their primates find love through what it has dubbed “Tinder for orangutans.”

In the new love experiment, apes at the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands will get to see photos of potential love interests. Researchers will then evaluate their responses to determine the pair’s compatibility, the Washington Post reported.

“After seeing the photos, the monkeys have to push a button on the screen,” the park said in a statement. “In this way, we can measure their capacity for reaction.”

During the four-year experiment, the zoo will show Samboja, an 11-year-old female orangutan, photos on a tablet of possible suitors from an international breeding program.

Researchers from Leiden University said they started the matchmaking program to improve breeding success among apes.

“Often, animals have to be taken back to the zoo they came from without mating,” zoo biologist Thomas Bionda told a local newspaper, according to the Guardian. “Things don’t always go well when a male and a female first meet.”

But for the lonely apes, it hasn’t been happily ever after yet. There are still some kinks to work out after, upon being given a tablet, 11-year-old Samboja destroyed it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


A personal comprehensive compendum of related personal thought, diary, articles geared towards championing and alleviating the course of humanity towards the achievement of a greater society whereby all the inhabitants of the world are seeing as one and treated equally without any division along religious affinity, social class and tribal affliation.This is all about creating a platform where everybody interested in the betterment of the society will have a voice in the scheme of things going on in the larger society.This is an outcome of deep yearning of the author to have his voice heard across the globe.The change needed by all and sundry all over the globe starts with us individually.Our world will be a better place if every effort at our disposal is geared towards taking a little simple step that rally around thinking outside the box.


A great WordPress.com site

Ashes of Life

A journey to discover my own writing voice

The Blog of Travel

Motorbikes, dogs and a lot of traveling.

Comicbook Fan and Avid Auto Enthusiast

My Bologna has a first name its: H-O-M-E-R!


A novel inspired by Roger Brierley (1586 - 1637)

Nessy Samuel

Food | Travel | Experiences | Photography

Britt's world


James Clark -- The Next Iteration

Eclectic Writtings for a Balanced Life


Have fun reading. Message me any time.

Slippery Edge

beauty is in the eye of the beholder


humor. storytelling. general stupidity.

unbolt me

the literary asylum

Becky's blog. Just a Zimbo in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, Africa

"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind" - Mohandas Gandhi. Then so be it.

Neurodivergent Rebel

Rebelling against a culture that values assimilation over individuality.


Unlimbited Tree Service was started with one goal in mind: To enhance the beauty and value of residential and commercial properties while ensuring the safety of their occupants. With Unlimbited, you know that you're getting the very best.

%d bloggers like this: