Annie

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…

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Ai

Higashiyama Zoo - Ai is the second wife of Shabani. She was born on February 27, 2003 at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Her father was Rikki and her mother is Nene. At 9 yrs old she gave birth to a baby who died soon after. This baby was never named. The father was Shabani. Female gorillas are sexually mature at around 7 to 8 years of age. However, they do not usually reproduce until they are 10 years old. It is possible that Ai was too young to have a baby but we will never know.On June 2, 2013 she gave birth to a female gorilla who was named Annie. Annie was named by combining the names “Ai” and “Shabani”. Unfortunately, Ai failed to properly take care of Annie. The zoo removed Annie from the troop to be raised by the staff. On May 2, 2014 Ai and Annie…

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