The viewing area was built to provide the orangutans of Sulango, Dumplin and Hali shelter for the winter months.
Powell, Ohio. A new orangutan habitat has now been opened in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
According to the zoo, the viewing platform was built to provide the orangutans of Sulango, Dumplin and Hali shelter for the winter months, and to allow guests to watch them all year round.
It can be found in a 1,096-square-foot building connected to an open-air orangutan habitat, and will offer a space “designed specifically for tree-loving orangutans to emphasize their natural behavior and ways of mobility”.
The two-story habitat includes 10-25 feet of climbing space with bamboo poles and fake vines covering the orangutan’s natural habitat.
“Orangutans are very intelligent and they are extremely curious animals with excellent problem-solving abilities,” said Audrey Minelt, curator of the region’s expedition to the Congo and orangutans. “This habitat gives us many opportunities to understand orangutans by mimicking their natural behavior.”
The orangutan habitat is now open at Columbus Zoo
According to the zoo, the new and improved aviary was made possible by the contribution of RITERUG Flooring President and CEO Michael Goldberg and his wife Anita. Goldberg previously served on the zoo’s board of directors and chaired the Giant Panda Committee.
Now guests can see the orangutan in the room of Ken Cook and Jerry Borin from the newly opened space or by boat through the windows on the west side of the building.
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