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Omaha Zoo unveils plans to renovate orangutan habitat

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — The Henry Doorley Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha has unveiled plans for its next major project.

The zoo is preparing to transform the orangutan habitat into the Hubbard Orangutan Forest. Zoo officials revealed more details, including fundraising efforts to upgrade the orangutan exhibit, during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

According to the zoo, the updated habitat will have three main goals: expanding the space that animals have access to, improving workspaces for animal care staff, and ensuring that the space optimizes the way guests interact with the animals. .

The zoo says the new habitat will be completely reimagined and will look and feel in a whole new way.

Guests will enter the new building, architecturally inspired by Southeast Asia, and take an elevator down to the expansive plaza. The new habitat will connect guests to the plight of the orangutans and their natural habitat, the zoo said.

The Omaha Zoo currently has four orangutans, but officials say the new habitat can accommodate more if they want to bring more in the future.

The new habitat, funded entirely by donations, is expected to open in May 2024. Construction began in September 2022.

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