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New 'Fragile Forest' lets primates get some fresh air

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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