Knoxville Zoo welcomes new Gorilla

Photo from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine shows Wanto, a silverback gorilla, undergoing a physical exam at the Knoxville Zoo’s Lindsay Young Animal Clinic on June 3rd, 2013.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Monday, the Knoxville Zoo cleared the newest resident of the zoo's Gorilla Valley to move in after an extensive health examination.

The 36-year-old silverback male gorilla, Wanto, underwent the thorough physical exam that included an echo cardiogram to evaluate his heart health at the zoo's Lindsay Young Animal Clinic.

The results of the exam found Wanto was healthy, but suffered from hypertension and some calcification in his arterial walls.

Wanto came to the Knoxville Zoo from the Kansas City Zoo, and will be paired with female companions Hope and Machi.

Wanto's health data will be shared with the Great Ape Heart Project, a project to create a database tracking cardiac health information in great ape species.

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