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New 'Fragile Forest' lets primates get some fresh air

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Tammy the chimpanzee checks out her new digs at the St. Louis Zoo's 'Fragile Forest' (photo by Carol Weerts, St. Louis Zoo)

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO –

The St. Louis Zoo has created a new outdoor space for its chimpanzees and orangutans.

It's called "Fragile Forest" and it includes rocky cliffs, trees, brush, and even a waterfall. The two combined areas come to nearly 20,000 square feet and cost about $7 million.

It opens to the public on Friday but the chimps and orangutans---some of whom have never been outdoors---are already getting used to their new home.

KWMU's Maria Hickey took a tour with the zoo's curator of primates---Ingrid Porton. To hear the interview, click on the 'listen' icon above.

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