Zoo's new gorilla exhibit opens Wednesday

Zoo's new gorilla exhibit opens Wednesday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The new indoor Gorilla World exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

The $13 million exhibit allows visitors to get inches away from the animals.

The indoor habitat, made possible by several donors, will showcase 11 gorillas.

"The fun thing about this new facility is, at night during the festival of lights or in cold weather in February, the zoo is open every day but people can come see gorillas no matter the weather," said Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director.

Gorillas like giant silverback Jomo are expected to once again be the kings of the zoo.

Before hippo superstar Fiona, the gorillas were the zoo's most popular animals.

Zoo officials say the indoor exhibit was planned long before the loss of Harambe.

During this week's ribbon cutting, Maynard brought up the loss of the beloved gorilla.

He thanked the community for their support during that difficult time.

"I think everybody here knows, people around the world know, that last year we had a tough year. We lost Harambe," he said.

"We had a lot of criticism from all around the world, but locally, people were with us."

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