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Red Ape Reserve - New In 2010

March 17th, 2011.

Red Ape Reserve - New In 2010
snowleopard, 19 Mar 2011
    • snowleopard
      March 17th, 2011.
    • JaxElephant
      What is your view(your opinion on it) on this exhibit
    • mstickmanp
      From this angle the exhibit looks kind of short. Is that the case snowleopard?
    • snowleopard
      The exhibit has an indoor space of 820 square feet and an outdoor area of 5,400 square feet, which according to the zoo's website is 3.5 times larger than what the orangutans used to have. The all-indoor area before Red Ape Reserve was horribly tiny, and so in that regard this new habitat is a massive improvement. There are two orangs (including a female that is over 50 years old) and two white-cheeked gibbons.

      In my opinion the exhibit is hit-and-miss. There is a crudely detailed tunnel with numerous windows for visitors to peer out of, and a lot of climbing opportunities in some areas and yet there are also a few barren zones in the enclosure. Half-cut planks of wood are seemingly out of place, but there are some nice touches such as a large, fake "enrichment tree" and some huge viewing windows. There is a sense of confusion at times, as there are many smaller windows, the long visitor tunnel, and 3 different indoor areas that the gibbons have access to but the orangutans seemingly don't. It is very easy to spot an ape through a window, lose that animal due to it moving away, and then it can be difficult to locate the ape once again due to the curving, slanting nature of the enclosure. I believe that everything was done in-house, without the efforts of an outside architectural crew, but overall it is another average primate exhibit that does not blaze a trail of originality.
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