Indianapolis Zoo sees new fundraising success

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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(AP) - The Indianapolis Zoo's drive to raise money for a new orangutan center is the latest fundraising success for the zoo's expansion projects.

Zoo officials say they've raised $25 million of the $30 million capital campaign goal for the facility being built that will include an aerial gondola ride for visitors to see the eight orangutans. That exhibit is to open in 2014.

The zoo's fundraising cabinet is led by retired Cummins Inc. CEO Tim Solso. He tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that he values the zoo's importance after visiting it for years with his children and grandchildren.

Other recent zoo projects have included upgrading its dolphin exhibit with an underwater viewing dome. That expansion opened in 2005 after a $30 million campaign.

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