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Denver Zoo to Open Primate Exhibit

July 28, 1996

The Denver Zoo opens one of the world's largest primate facilities Tuesday, including one of the country's biggest outdoor habitats for the endangered lowland gorilla.

The $14-million facility, called Primate Panorama, has five acres of natural habitats for 29 primate species--Old and New World monkeys, lemurs and great apes such as the orangutans (pictured above right). One acre is set aside for a family of four lowland gorillas.

At the San Diego Zoo, the new Polar Bear Plunge has been open since June 29. The 2.2-acre site is also home to Siberian reindeer, arctic foxes and snowy owls.

The Denver Zoo is open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: adults, $6; seniors, children 4-12, $3; children under 4, free. Information: (303) 331-4110. The San Diego Zoo is open daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: adults, $15; seniors, $13.50; children 3-11, $6; children under 3, free. Information: (619) 234-3153.

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