Indianapolis Zoo’s Orangutan Center Gets New Name

The Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center is set to open May 24 and will house eight endangered orangutans.

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The World Wildlife Fund estimates there are about 41,000 Bornean orangutans and about 7,500 Sumatran orangutans worldwide. The group estimates a century ago, there were more than 230,000 orangutans.

The Indianapolis Zoo’s orangutan center, its newest exhibit will be called the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center after Cindy Simon Skjodt has made a $5 million donation to the Campaign for Conservation and Community: Saving the Orangutans.

Skjodt, a philanthropist and daughter of Mel Simon of Simon Property Group, has been a longtime financial supporter of the zoo.

“Orangutans are such magnificent animals, but it’s devastating to think they could be gone from this world within a matter of years. We cannot let that happen,” Skjodt said in a statement.

The zoo announced the construction of the orangutan center in 2011, which is set to house eight endangered orangutans.

It is scheduled to open to the public May 24.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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