[monkeywire] Must-see Chimp TV
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Wed Aug 21 16:33:01 EDT 2002
Keeli & Ivy: Chimps Like Us (Discovery Channel)
Aug 21 2002, 8:00 PM, Aug 21 2002 11:00 PM , Aug 24 2002 , 1:00 PM
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 one percent
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, where they
care for 11 chimpanzees and four capuchin monkeys as if they are
their own children. The chimps, who can live up to 60 years of age in
captivity, enjoy socializing and learning with the help of the
pioneering center staff.
Keeli & Ivy: Chimps Like Us premieres Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m. (replay on
Aug. 18, 12:30 a.m.) as part of the special programming event "Chimps
Like Us." Also part of "Chimps Like Us" are Fifi's Boys - A Story of
Wild Chimpanzees, a program that follows the most successful mother
chimp Jane Goodall worked with in Tanzania, at 7:30 p.m. and An
Animal's World: Chimps, a fascinating look at the analytical side of
human's closest relatives, at 8:30 p.m.
Keeli & Ivy: Chimps Like Us introduces viewers to an 18-month-old
male chimp named Keeli and a one-year-old female named Ivy, as Ms.
Boysen and her assistants painstakingly teach the chimps how to
respond to, and use, graphic symbols in sequence - similar to how
human children learn to read and spell. Over the next four years,
Keeli and Ivy are slowly brought along in their studies. At the
beginning, they learn to press the letters A, B, C and more in
sequence on a touch-screen computer monitor.
The camera's lens, coming back every few months, year after year,
until Keeli and Ivy are six years old and fully integrated into the
center's adult chimp community, reveals their educational programs as
well as their personality differences.
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