KANSAS CITY — Orangutans at the Kansas City Zoo will soon enjoy grass and trees, thanks partly to a $1 million gift from the Hall Family Foundation.
Zoo officials announced Wednesday most of the gift will go toward creating a more natural exhibit for the zoo's six orangutans. Other funds will be used to buy a tram and maintain current trams.
The Kansas City Star reports that the donation brings the zoo close to its goal of raising nearly $6 million for the orangutan exhibit. Construction is scheduled to begin next month and the opening is planned for next summer.
The animals currently live in a holding building and outdoor metal cage. The cage will be replaced with a grassy area and canopy of trees, surrounded by a moat.