Exploring the New Simon Skjodt Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo

I was given the opportunity to go get a preview experience of the new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo this pas week. I happened to be out of town on the day of the event, but luckily my wife and kids were able to go ahead and go in my place and experience it for themselves. Here’s my wife’s thoughts about their experience:

On Thursday the children and I had the privilege of experiencing the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo. When we walked up to the entrance of the newly built building we were greeted with informational and educational resources and an immediate viewing area that housed an orangutan. Immediately we wanted to take pictures of the creature that we only have an opportunity to see in this setting, but the glass was too dark and the glare of the sun and fingerprints prohibited us from capturing his sweet face.

We walked into the building and were immediately drawn in by the decor and educational information that encircled us. The orangutans were playful inside their huge play area that consisted of ropes and climbing equipment. The neatest picture we were able to capture is of an orangutan in the sky walk of the exhibit. My children were very impressed that they were trained to open and close the doors that allow them to venture into other parts of the viewing areas.

It was a great experience viewing the animals, but I am sure it will be even better once we have full access of how the exhibit was envisioned.

The exhibit opened up on May 24th for the entire public, so many have had the opportunity to visit today, however, if you have not yet had the opportunity, you should visit soon. The orangutan center is definitely a nice and wonderful new addition to the Indianapolis Zoo. 

 

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