Indy Zoo Breaks Ground On Orangutan Center
Governor Daniels speaks at the ground breaking of the new Orangutan Center. (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)
Indianapolis Zoo officials broke ground on a $30 million International Orangutan Center Tuesday.
It's a project officials estimate will have a $132 million annual economic impact on the state of Indiana. Board Chairman Alan Cohen says the project is a "win-win" for both the state and orangutans which are in danger of extinction. He says the zoo currently has about eight orangutans that aren't on display because they require the proper conditions. He says they hope to acquire more.
The center will be located in the middle of zoo grounds. Governor Mitch Daniels was among officials who broke ground on the project. Cohen says the project will also set a new standard for how animal habitats are designed. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2014.