Somehow this is actually worse than the so-called reality shows. The
idea that apes in captivity need to be treated better is no doubt a
valid one, but they’re going about it all wrong. Their psychologist is
not going to get a lot of useful data, at least data that applies to
apes anyway, because dispite how much some people want to believe it,
humans are NOT apes and never have been.

Australia zoo puts humans on display
Jan 9, 2007 6:37am

ADELAIDE (Reuters Life!) – An Australian zoo has put a group of
humans on display to raise awareness about primate conservation —
with the proviso that they don’t get up to any monkey business.

Over a month, the humans will be locked in an unused orang-utan
cage at Adelaide zoo, braving the searing heat and snacking on
bananas. They will be monitored by a psychologist who hopes to use the
findings to improve conditions for real apes in captivity.

Audiences can vote for their favorite "ape" via mobile phone text
messages, in the style of reality television shows, and at the end of
the month, a "super human" will be selected to represent the zoo.

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