September 25, 2004
Lived Where: Private
ownership in the entertainment industry, birth to 2008; Great Ape Trust,
2008-2010; Indianapolis Zoo, 2010-present
Unique Characteristics: high
energy, very social, playful
Rocky came to the Indianapolis Zoo from the entertainment industry. At one time, he was
the most seen orangutan in commercials, movies, and other media. Raised
by humans, he did not live with other orangutans until he was three and
a half years old. When he was introduced to other orangutans, he and Knobi immediately formed a strong rapport. She quickly became his
adopted mother and taught him how to behave with other orangutans.
Like all young orangutans, Rocky is playful, has
lots of energy, loves attention, and likes to find trouble.
Lately, Rocky has developed a special interest for playing in water,
filling large tubs from a water fountain, and then getting inside and
splashing around. He is very social, frequently inviting play from
all of the other orangutans at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan
Center. He can be very persistent, even when the
other apes want to be left alone! Knobi still treats Rocky as her son
and disciplines him when necessary.
Rocky is especially inquisitive, always ready to
learn something new, and is terrific at solving problems. He is a
natural when it comes to using the computer. His favorite foods are
apples and grapes.
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