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Meet the Animals
The best orangutan exhibit in the
engage, enlighten, and empower children and families, we need
exhibits that bring people close to animals. In return, we owe
the animals in our care a habitat where they can lead enriched,
fulfilled lives. That’s the dual goal of our dramatic new
International Orangutan Center and its first arrivals - eight
orangutans, one of the largest groups of these endangered great
apes of any zoo in the nation.
Orangutans now live only in the forests of the Southeastern
Asian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Unbelievably intelligent
and charismatic, orangutans are creatures of the rainforest.
Their habitat is being destroyed like other rainforests
The orangutans coming to the Indianapolis Zoo have been
displaced by damaging floods and other unforeseen developments
at their previous homes. Some of the eight orangutans have
formed social units with unique bonds.
With your help, the Indianapolis Zoo will build them a
spectacular and unique home—the only facility that can keep
these orangutans together in an exhibit specifically designed to
meet their physical, social, and intellectual needs.
The landmark site of the exhibit is the soaring Beacon of Hope
tower that will draw people into the Indianapolis Zoo while
enhancing the downtown skyline. With its unique design, it will
become an icon for the Zoo, and a beacon for the city and for
The orangutans and the International Orangutan Center will be
overseen by the Indianapolis Zoo’s Vice President for Life
Sciences, Dr. Robert Shumaker, one of the top orangutan experts
in the world.