Monday, July 29, 2002

One might well ask, what is the benefit to the chimpanzees of knowing how to read, write, or do arithmetic?

TEACHING CHIMPANZEES OUR ABCS

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Chimps quest for learning documented on television
Meet Keeli and Ivy. They're typical toddlers -- mugging for the camera, begging for sweets, throwing tantrums and horsing around. They're learning their ABCs, and they're extra excited on holidays, they have a hard time sitting still and they just love the playground. However, a small but critically important 1% genetic difference makes Keeli and Ivy chimpanzees, not humans. Yet, because they're so close to humans on the evolutionary tree, scientists are working with chimps to learn if they can think like humans, and, more remarkably, use language. For the past four years, Animal Planet's cameras have recorded scientific history in the making, and the results are now ready for view.

Keeli & Ivy: Chimps Like Us follows psychology professor Sally Boysen and her graduate students at The Ohio State University Chimpanzee Center....