Friday, January 17, 2003

GREEN DESIGN FOR IOWA PRIMATE LEARNING SANCTUARY

Great Ape Sanctuary Destined for Iowa -- Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary's "Green Design" Influenced by Plight of Great Apes

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan 16, 2003 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Architectural designs were released today for one of the largest great ape sanctuaries to be constructed in North America. The initial phase of the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary (IPLS) will be built in Des Moines by year's end and will incorporate extensive "green design" initiatives for conservation and environmental sustainability....

Leo A Daly, an international architectural firm headquartered in Omaha, Neb., has developed a remarkably innovative design that calls for the creation of several islands on the site -- each island will serve as home to one of the great ape species: bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. To combat the harsh Iowa winters, buildings on each island will be connected by heated passageways or tunnels called ApeWalks....

The first great ape residents of IPLS will be eight bonobos -- sometimes called pygmy chimpanzees -- from the Language Research Center at Georgia State University near Atlanta....