Ape updates Facebook in captivity, takes photos, has lots of fans

That’s a self portrait above from Nonja, an ape raised by a stock broker in 1976 and now resides in the Schönbrunn Zoo. Her daily routine is pretty much the same as any orangutan: eating, sleeping, gallyvanting, playing with the kids (sometimes spitting water at them from the cage), and updating her Facebook wall with photos of her latest escapades including movie night with the girls, shopping sprees, and drunken stupors.

Nonja is part of Samsung’s latest viral campaign. There’s not much to it really. All they did was give her a Samsung ST1000, a point and shoot camera with WiFi connectivity. All she really does is click down on the shutter. The Facebook account is operated by the zoo, as a step forward into Web 2.0 and raising the awareness of animal life into the social.

[Nonja’s Facebook account]

Take it away Dr. Dagmar Schratter, Schönbrunn Zoo CEO:

“Diversified stimulus of our animals is very important to us: We achieve this on one hand with special toys and on the other hand by hiding their food, so that the animals are encouraged to find and obtain it, just like in their natural environment. And Orang-utans are especially intelligent and also very curious. As such it is only natural for them to have accepted the cameras so well.

If you want to see Nonja in action, you can also check out her YouTube page for various videos on ape life in captivity.

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