Great Ape Trust of Iowa
This article comes from the Smithsonian and includes a link to a video which vividly portrays Kanzi’s amazing intelligence. Please read this, watch the video and tell me what you think. I guarantee you a New Year’s mind-boggling experience. While I firmly believe that man was made in the image of God and did not spring from a lesser life, God also created other magnificent and highly intelligent creatures. These apes are phenomenal.
Bonobos have an impressive vocabulary, especially when it comes to snacks
By Paul Raffaele
To better understand bonobo intelligence, I traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to meet Kanzi, a 26-year-old male bonobo reputedly able to converse with humans. When Kanzi was an infant, American psychologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh tried to teach his mother, Matata,
to communicate using a keyboard labeled with geometric symbols. Matata never really got the hang of it, but Kanzi—who usually played in the background, seemingly oblivious, during his mother’s teaching sessions—picked up the language.Savage-Rumbaugh and her colleagues kept adding symbols to Kanzi’s keyboard and laminated sheets of paper. First Kanzi used 6 symbols, then 18, finally 348. The symbols refer to familiar objects (yogurt, key, tummy, bowl), favored activities (chase, tickle), and even some concepts considered fairly abstract (now, bad).