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.