Going green can sometimes be messy! Construction on the International Orangutan Center starts soon, so we are working hard to reduce, reuse, and recycle the affected landscape. In preparation, the Horticulture staffers at the Zoo have reduced irrigation in the area, and are reusing irrigation parts and landscape rocks, and are also transplanting perennials and shrubs. Large shrubs and trees are being recycled as browse for the animals. So if you notice the landscape looking a bit bare, just know it is for a good cause!
In the photo, you can see the general area involved. If you are familiar with the grounds of the Indianapolis Zoo, this area is located near the North Pavilion and just west of the Deserts Dome (which you can see in the distance). This is a major construction project that will last through the end of this year and into most of 2013. In the end, Zoo visitors will be able to experience a fantastic new exhibit at the Zoo and an opportunity to go one-on-one with one of the most interesting animals anywhere - orangutans!