The new orangutan facility at the Indianapolis Zoo is really impressive. We checked it out this past summer while visiting my family in Indy. The facility is a network of buildings, outdoor space, & climbing structures that the individuals can navigate with a fair amount of freedom &, if they want it, privacy. Unfortunately, because my iPhone kept filling up & not letting me take more photos, I deleted a few that just showed the buildings w/o any cutesy animal shots. I did not have the foresight to think how I’d use them in a blog post, but I did get a fair number of photos to show off as follow.
There are few bad spots for watching the orangs because of Rocky, the young male who loves to be watched & to return the gaze.
Rocky is so photogenic, I took a million photos of him, but the glare off the glass for most of them (& my poor photography) ruined them. This is an exception from the main area.
I almost missed the enrichment show because I thought it would be the usual discussion of the toys they give the animals. However, the Indy Zoo has a sophisticated program of enrichment, teaching the orangs symbol recognition & recall that the keep explains to us as he works.
He asks for the correct symbol that represents the red apple above.
The orang gets a treat thru a slot in the window when she gets the correct answer.
While watching the enrichment, we see another animal making his/her way to the back rooms through an overhead tunnel from the main room.
I love this contrast of ape hands. I think that’s my hand. On the right.
The adult male came out of his nook for a few photos. The adult male is apparent by his flanged cheek pads & long matted fur (not the reflection of my Baba Brinkman “Don’t Sleep with Mean People” t-shirt superimposed over him).
Here you see the difference between an adult male & a juvenile.For more great shots from the International Orangutan Center, follow the Indianapolis Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & Instagram or, better yet, go for a visit & take a good camera!