INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indianapolis Zoo pulled back the curtain Saturday on a multi-million dollar exhibit set to open next year.
Zoo members and the media got a rare glimpse at the $20 million International Orangutan Center under construction. The exhibit is set to open in May of 2014.
When completed, the exhibit will transform the downtown skyline with features like a soaring Beacon of Hope, a 150-foot spire that will be illuminated each night by lights orangutans turn on themselves.
Seven orangutans will call the exhibit home.
"Orangutans are literally on the brink of extinction; there populations are down 90 percent in the world from where they were just 100 years ago. They are on pace to go extinct in our own lifetime. This exhibit is important because we need to stop that from happening," said Jon Glesing with the Indianapolis Zoo.
Glesing said they are looking for about 150 volunteers to work at the exhibit when it opens next year.
"Connecting with these animals and the zoo in general is such a big deal. We are about animal conservation and we're about saving things in wild places and educating people on how they can do that," Glesing said.
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Saturday morning, Wishard Memorial Hospital closed its doors.
For years, thousands of children visiting from near and far took time out of their visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for a ride on Cookie, a beloved pony.
As a tribute to veterans, the Indiana American Legion dedicated a new flagpole at the governor's residence on Saturday.