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New orangutan centre at Indianapolis Zoo opens to the public Memorial Day weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS - A new orangutan exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open to the public this weekend.

The $26 million International Orangutan Center includes an atrium with a 50-foot ceiling and an overhead climbing trail some 80 feet above the ground for eight orangutans. The zoo spent eight years planning the exhibit, which includes an aerial gondola ride. The apes began moving into the centre in late February.

The centre opens to the public Saturday.

The centre's major goal is to educate visitors about the endangered apes that now only live in the wild on the southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The centre also will conduct research.

The zoo also encourages visitors to wear orange on Friday to show their support for saving the endangered apes.

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