Higashiyama Zoo -
Annie was born on on June 2, 2013 at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Her mother is Ai. She is Shabani’s 2nd born child. When Annie was born, Ai failed to take proper care of her. After a few weeks Annie’s health started to decline so the gorilla caretakers made the decision to take her and raise her instead.
The zoo never intended on keeping Annie separated from the troop forever. They would bring her over to the bars so the others would get to see her and smell her and not forget about her.
On March 31, 2014, Annie was moved from the nursery, along with her pillow and towels, to a room next to the gorilla house. There were bars between the rooms that allowed for close contact but not full contact with the adults. There was a little door opening by which Kiyomasa crossed over and spent time with Annie. Shabani spent whole days at this time looking through the little window at Annie. (see images on the right)
On May 2, 2014 Ai and Annie were reunited in a room by themselves which had a small door for Annie to pass through to and from her private room. Ai and Annie were allowed to bond alone until October 20, 2014 when they moved in Shabani. The whole troop was finally reunited on November 10, 2014.
The reintroduction did not go quite smoothly. Nene saw Annie as a threat to Kiyomasa even though Annie was younger than he was. There were a few times when she attacked Annie when she thought she needed to defend Kiyomasa.
However, Shabani fiercely defended Annie right away even flying in from another room at any sound of distress from Annie. He would attack Nene and sometimes even injure her. Eventually, Nene realized that Shabani would never let her hurt Annie and she stopped attacking her.
It took a long time for Annie and Nene to develop a friendly relationship.