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Ape Week: Knobi

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Knobi is confident, motherly, nurturing, contemplative and tidy.

Orangutans are great apes, and are closely related to humans, having 97% of DNA in common with us. They also share some of the same health concerns. Our newest neighbors at the zoo, have battled weight issues and even diabetes.

A strict diet helped Knobi improve her health.

"Knobi in the past has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, here at the zoo, we manage that mostly through diet and exercise," Pilarski said.

Her diet and natural exercise program has been so successful that Pilarski says, “At this point we're not even sure it's right to classify her as having diabetes because she hasn't show any symptoms in many years."

“Knobi loves to people-watch from the visitors' level by lying on her stomach while she relaxes on one of the platforms. She plays with Rocky a lot throughout the day. She usually can be seen bossing the other female orangutans around, making sure they are doing whatever it is that Knobi feels they should be doing.” says Goodwin.

Just hanging around was some of the best medicine to get Lucy and Knobi into tip-top shape.

“They're able to climb up 50 feet in our day room or also to go outside and climb on our outdoor cable system she's definitely getting the exercise she needs," Pilarski said.

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