Indianapolis Zoo marks gift for orangutan center

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The Indianapolis Zoo is celebrating a $5 million donation in support of its new orangutan center that's opening to the public in a few weeks.

Zoo officials say the donation comes from Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt. In recognition of that donation, the new exhibit is being named the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center.

The new $26 million exhibit features an atrium with a 50-foot ceiling and an overhead primates trail that will reach 80 feet above ground. The center will house eight orangutans and is opening to the public on May 24.

Simon Skjodt is the daughter of late Indiana Pacers co-owner and shopping mall magnate Melvin Simon. She and her husband gave $40 million last year toward the renovation of Indiana University's Assembly Hall.

Watch WTHR Sunrise next week for an inside look at the new Orangutan Center.

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