An Inspiring Home for Apes

A group of scientists wants to establish preserves where orangutans and other primates have the chance to learn and create.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM July 2, 2004

It would be hard to live in a cage. You'd have to stare at the same old scenery every day. You couldn't walk to the store, go to the movies, or decide what to eat. After a while, you could end up losing your enthusiasm for life.

Chimpanzees, orangutans, and other primates might feel the same way, says Lyn Miles. She's an anthropologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. "Apes are bored to death in most facilities," she says. "They pace. They develop nervous habits. They get depr...

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