Canada’s first habitat for orangutans opens at the Toronto Zoo, designed by Zeidler Architecture and Jones & Jones

In 2016, Bornean orangutans were listed as critically endangered after years of habitat destruction and illegal hunting in Indonesia and Malaysia. This October, a new 13,000-square-foot habitat designed by Zeidler Architecture brings seven orangutans to the Toronto Zoo, marking Canada’s first orangutan habitat. Jones & Jones Architects + Landscape Architects served as zoological design advisors on the project.

“From the onset, our vision was to create a habitat that immersed both the orangutans and the guests in a meaningful, one-of-a-kind experience in North America – and perhaps even the world,” said Edward Chan, a partner at Zeidler Architecture. “Orangutans are a critically endangered species,

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