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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even the orangutans at the Kansas City Zoo are caught in the iPad craze.

The animals use the touch screens to make music, draw, watch videos and play simple games.

The Kansas City Zoo is part of a national program started by a nonprofit conservation group Orangutan Outreach. The Apps for Apes program is designed to enrich the animals’ lives and stimulate their minds. About 20 zoos in North America and New Zealand are in the program, including the National Zoo in Washington.

The Kansas City Star reports the zoo uses three iPads and has downloaded about 20 apps so far.

Animal area supervisor Stacia Pieroni says the apes like the colors and simple games, although she admits not every orangutan is always interested in the activities.

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