Grauer Gorillas

Critically endangered Grauer's gorillas are the largest primate in the world & one of our closest relatives. Today, consider what you can do to help GRACE save them.

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Fame

Shabani's Around 2007 when Shabani was 10 years old he gained fame in Japan when he was photographed walking on a rope. One of his caretakers had hung the rope there thinking they would want to play with it. But he never imagined that Shabani would actually want to walk on it. After a while the rest of the troop all learned to walk on the rope, but that is a story for a different page. In 2015 was when Shabani's fame really took off and he became known around the world. It started when some Japanese girls started posting pictures of Shabani on Twitter saying how handsome he was. In truth, Shabani is a very photogenic gorilla and would often be caught in pictures with a look typical of male models.In Japan he was being called "Ikemen" which means "handsome guy". But when the zoo mentioned that he is…

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Haoko – Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo - Haoko was born on August 21, 1983. His father was Kibabu and his mother was Mouila. Kibabu was born at Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands. On December 6, 1996 he was transferred to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia along with the rest of his family. On June 27, 2007 Haoko was transferred to Japan along with his brother Shabani as part of a coordinated breeding program to ensure genetic diversity. While Shabani was transferred to Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan. Haoko was sent to Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo, Japan.Haoko has 4 wives but has only bred with Momoko. Together they have 3 children. Two girls and one boy. They had another baby which was stillborn on October 12, 2016. Both Shabani and Haoko are well known for being very loving and playful with their children. Much more than other silverbacks. KibabuMouilahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SbVa5E84o0This is a very funny video of Haoko taking off with baby Komomo…

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Bauwi – Arnhem’s Burgers’ Zoo

Arnhem's Burgers' Zoo - Bauwi was born on July 19, 1989. His father was Kibabu and his mother was Mouila. Kibabu was born at Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands and currently resides at Arnhem's Burgers' Zoo also in the Netherlands. Bauwi is the older and full brother to Haoko (Ueno Zoo), Shabani (Higashiyama Zoo), M'beli (Taronga Zoo) and Mahali (Orana Wildlife Park).  Bauwi has been quite prolific just like his father. He has 12 kids from 5 wives. 2013 was a particularly busy year for this troop with 4 babies born 2 of which were a pair of twins, N'Kato and N'Hasa. Twins are very rare in gorillas. KibabuMouila Wives Laikab. 1979 wildd. 1/16/2005 N'Gaylab. 5/9/1993 Shatillab. 4/17/1997d. 1/13/2015 Nimbab. 1/31/1999 Makouab. 6/11/2004 Children Lunob. 08/11/1999d. 1/26/2000 Likalay Lulub. 12/14/2001 N'Aikab. 1/5/2005  N'Washib. 8/25/2009 N'Yaoundab. 2/5/2001 N'Katob. 6/13/2013 N'Hasab. 6/13/2013 Shailab. 12/25/2006  Shallitab. 5/21/2014d. 11/16/2014 N'Akouhb. 11/4/2009 Nuktab. 4/25/2013 Madibab. 10/25/2013

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Baby News! Antwerp Zoo

Baby News! Antwerp Zoo
Antwerp baby gorilla

A new baby gorilla was born at Antwerp Zoo, Belgium, on November 27, 2018.   The baby was not due until later in December so it came as somewhat of a surprise to the zoo staff. The baby's mother is Mayani who is an experienced mother having given birth once before. The baby is the first born for father Matadi. Since the birth Matadi has not left Mayani's side.  The baby will be named after the sex is determined. In keeping with the tradition to name new babies starting with the same letter in any given year and related to its country of origin, the baby will get an African name starting with ‘T’. As of this writing the baby's sex has been determined and it is a GIRL!

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Kiyomasa

Higashiyama Zoo - Baby Kiyomasa Kiyomasa was born on November 1, 2012. His father is Shabani and his mother is Nene. At the time of his birth, Nene was 40 years old which is quite an advanced age for a gorilla. Shabani was 16 yrs old. Yes, Nene is not only a gorilla, but she is a cougar as well.Even though Ai had been pregnant by Shabani before, that infant did not live long after it was born. Therefore Kiyomasa is widely known as Shabani's first born son. Kiyomasa is the most loving little gorilla I have ever seen. He is very affectionate to everyone in the troop. When Shabani and Nene are at odds, Kiyomasa is quick to get in the middle of the two to diffuse the situation. He will still snuggle up to Nene and hold on to her like an infant or toddler would even though he is long…

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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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Nene

Higashiyama Zoo - Nene was born in 1972 in Cameroon, Africa. It is not know when she was captured. She arrived at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan on October 27, 1973. She was just an infant. On February 27, 2003 she gave birth to a female gorilla who was named Ai. The father was Rikki. Sadly, Rikki died a month later and Ai never got to spend any time with him.On November 1, 2012 Nene gave birth for the second time to a male gorilla who was named Kiyomasa. Kiyomasa's father is Shabani. Nene is very close to Kiyomasa. She is very protective of him. So much so that when Annie was an infant Nene attacked her a few times when she thought Annie was being a danger to Kiyomasa. Shabani who was very protective of Annie attacked Nene in return. Those days were very stressful for…

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