SIMON SKJODT INTERNATIONAL ORANGUTAN CENTER

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>> The Indianapolis Zoo’s new exhibit opened in May, but I only recently got around to going. The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center is home to eight orangutans. The eight are Basan, Azy, Charly, Katy, Knobi, Rocky, Nicky and Lucy. The exhibit boasts a three-level main sanctuary for the orangutans to gather, as well as two separate oases where orangutans can go to be alone. When I was there, Basan was playing in a box in one of the oases. Meanwhile, his friends were enjoying a Saturday in the sanctuary. “Lightning Lucy,” named for her speed, looked me in the eye. It was a surreal feeling, and I felt a genuine connection with her. Then she started to pick her nose and eat what she found. After my disgust died down, I once again felt connected with her. I strongly recommend that everyone make a trip to the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center whenever you got an opportunity. It is well worth the admission price.

 

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