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Last Updated: Monday, 27 March 2006, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Tropical waterfall for city zoo
New chimpanzee centre
An artist's impression of the new Edinburgh Zoo chimp enclosure
A new chimpanzee enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo is to be fitted with a tropical forest, waterfalls and exotic plants.

Water features will be created around the centre while inside will be transformed to recreate the chimps' native habitat.

Work on the Budongo Life Science Centre will start later this year, subject to planning permission.

The new centre is being built as the first part of a 20-year masterplan for the site.

The visitors will be invited to discover a lot more about the chimpanzees in the zoo and our work with wild chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest with our new interactive displays
Mairi Rosko
Edinburgh Zoo

Mairi Rosko, head of development at Edinburgh Zoo, said: "Budongo will be a truly unique exhibit combining elements to suit both animal and visitor.

"With large naturalistic habitats, the chimpanzees will not only be able to roam between areas at their leisure, but also be encouraged to concentrate on specially designed enrichment activities.

"The visitors will be invited to discover a lot more about the chimpanzees in the zoo and our work with wild chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest with our new interactive displays.

"The large windows will also provide a better opportunity for our visitors to observe the natural behaviour of these intelligent apes first-hand."


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