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IndyZoo campaign targets big expansions

The International Chimpanzee Complex is the first of its kind in a zoo setting.

The Indianapolis Zoo has announced a campaign that is creating a new entrance to the zoo, along with introducing new facilities featuring chimpanzees and species survival.

The zoo said in a release they have already raised 60 percent of their goal for "The Campaign for Our Zoo, Our Community, Our World," a $53 million capital investment that will expand guest capacity and create the Global Center for Species Survival and the International Chimpanzee Complex.

The International Chimpanzee Complex will span a large portion of the Zoo’s campus and provide an enriching, functional forest for approximately 30 chimpanzees. This innovative exhibit — the first of its kind in a zoo setting — will recreate important aspects of chimpanzees’ natural habitat, allowing them to explore, socialize and thrive.

“The Indianapolis community has enthusiastically embraced our campaign, and we are deeply appreciative,” said zoo president and CEO Dr. Rob Shumaker. “Our ability to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world is being transformed and the impact will be felt locally, nationally, and internationally. We are privileged to be part of this important work.”

A redesigned entry to the zoo, which is already under construction, is expected to open next Memorial Day Weekend. It will take visitors through White River Gardens and into the Global Center for Species Survival.

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