Zoo’s new center brings greater awareness on plight of apes

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Indianapolis’ newest star scrambled up a ladder, plopped down on a platform and peered through a window at the crowds gathered to see him.

Rocky, a 9-year-old orangutan, pressed his face against the glass of the new International Orangutan Center. His massive arms gripped the edge of the window, and he stared at the people who were already staring back at him.

Below him, six other orangutans clambered along a concrete floor. Some went after lettuce strategically hidden on window ledges. Others hung from cables designed like the vines the apes would find in Indonesia.

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