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Chimpanzee complex opens at IndyZoo!

The new chimpanzee exhibit opening soon at The Indianapolis Zoo has everyone going ape!

The Penny & Jock Fortune International Chimpanzee Complex, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers, is among the largest chimpanzee habitats in the country. The Fortune Complex is named for longtime supporters Penny and Russell “Jock” Fortune whose contribution to the Zoo’s Capital Campaign makes this unique experience possible for Zoo visitors.

“Chimpanzees, like all great apes, are at risk of extinction around the world. The Fortunes’ inspiring gift makes it possible to teach generations about the importance of preserving these remarkable apes,” said Dr. Robert Shumaker, Indianapolis Zoo President & CEO.

The Fortune International Chimpanzee Complex is a unique exhibit that spans a large portion of the Zoo’s grounds. It features three indoor and outdoor living

spaces connected by a quarter mile of overhead trail, allowing chimpanzees to make choices about where they go, what they do and who they do it with. When the exhibit opens May 25,  the Fortune Complex will be home to a community of 21 chimpanzees.

“My late wife, Penny, was dedicated to serving her community. She adored chimpanzees, and I am grateful for the opportunity to honor her life by sharing this engaging experience with the community for years to come,” said Jock Fortune.

The Zoo’s Capital Campaign for Our Zoo, Our Community, Our World was launched in December 2022 to fund major updates, including the Zoo’s newly opened entrance experience through White River Gardens. The Campaign includes support from many generous donors, including the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Opening weekend will feature up-close encounters with this vibrant chimpanzee community.

Visitors can learn first-hand about these great apes and the challenges they face in the wild. Visit for tickets.


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