May 29, 2024 - News

Chimps debut at Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Penny & Jock Fortune International Chimpanzee Complex

Just hanging around at the Indy Zoo. Photo: Courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo

The nearly two dozen chimps that inhabit the newest Indianapolis Zoo attraction introduced themselves to the public over the long holiday weekend.

Driving the news: The Penny & Jock Fortune International Chimpanzee Complex held a grand opening event Saturday.

  • Indy Zoo officials say it's one of the largest chimpanzee habitats in the nation with a community of 21 chimps and plans to accommodate up to 30.
  • It was designed to promote the natural behaviors of chimpanzees by giving them freedom over where they go, what they do and who they want to do it with.

What they're saying: "The best thing for a chimpanzee is living with other chimpanzees," said Indianapolis Zoo president and CEO Rob Shumaker. "Our goal is for visitors to gain a greater appreciation for chimpanzees and how to protect their future."

Fun fact: According to the Indianapolis Zoo, popcorn is their preferred snack.

If you go: The zoo is open 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am-7pm Friday through Sunday.

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