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Opening of Orangutan Center at Indy Zoo

The new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center is the newest and most dynamic exhibit ever designed for the Indianapolis Zoo. The center will open to the public on May 24, 2014, with special member preview days May 21 - 23. This fascinating center will be the home to eight endangered orangutans, and it is designed to stimulate their physical, intellectual, and social abilities.

The Indianapolis Zoo is inviting guests to come celebrate this exciting milestone, which was eight years in the making. During opening weekend presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Visitors can come May 24-25, 2014 and enjoy live entertainment, find orangutan fun facts, make memories at special photo ops and younger guests will receive limited-edition orangutan trading cards.

Zoo guests will enjoy diverse viewing opportunities ranging from intimate encounters in the
Efroymson Family Exploration Hub and the R.B. Annis Atrium to the spectacular Skyline. This aerial gondola ride, which includes 1,200 feet of track and rises 50 feet above the Zoo, offers an up-close view of the orangutans exploring the Myrta Pulliam Hutan Trail — the apes’ sidewalk in the sky.

The outstanding centerpiece of the Center is the Nina Mason Pulliam Beacon of Hope, a towering 150-foot structure that will be illuminated each night, and the colors will be controlled by the orangutans. This beautiful addition to the downtown skyline is a symbol and call to action that the hope for endangered orangutans rests with all of us.

This will be a wonderful time to make a daytrip to the Indianapolis Zoo located in the White River State Park downtown Indianapolis.

Admission to the Center is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. This innovative new facility is expected to draw record-breaking crowds to the Indianapolis Zoo and guests are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at which will save them both time and money on their visit.

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