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Indianapolis Zoo Plans Orangutan Exhibit

Last updated on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS)(AP) - The Indianapolis Zoo is launching plans for a $20 million orangutan exhibit designed to raise public interest in conserving the species.

Construction will begin next summer on the new International Orangutan Center. It is scheduled to open in 2014.

The exhibit will house eight orangutans on four acres of zoo property. It will feature aerial gondola rides that allow people to get within about 25 feet of a trail created for the primates. Another component is a 150-foot tall "Beacon of Hope" that will be illuminated at night with lights turned on by the orangutans.

Zoo officials say visitors will be able to interact with the orangutans by playing computer games and other activities at several stations.

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