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Published February 25, 2013, 09:06 AM

Bismarck's Dakota Zoo to add primate center

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A primate center is coming to Bismarck's Dakota Zoo.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A primate center is coming to Bismarck's Dakota Zoo.

Zoo director Terry Lincoln says the new exhibit is to open to the public Aug. 31. The $750,000 center will be home to 10 species, giving them indoor and outdoor access year-round.

The center will have a heating, cooling and ventilation system to keep the indoor viewing area and lobby virtually odor free.

Lincoln tells the Bismarck Tribune that will keep the exhibit from smelling "like monkeys."

The zoo now has more than 600 animals representing 125 species and features10 species of primate. Lincoln says that the new center will bump the number of primate species to about 15.

The indoor section of the center will be about 4,000 square feet.

Construction is to begin in April, weather permitting.

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