47 Year Old Nene Drums At The Top Of The Tower

47 Year Old Nene Drums At The Top Of The Tower
Nene Drumming

On January 1, 2019 Nene climbed all the way to the top of the tower and climbed on the tallest pylon, stood straight and drummed on her chest. Nene climbs to the top of the tower often. However, she seldom climbs on a pylon and always does so very carefully. Never has she stood up and drummed on her chest. This is a very special event to witness. Particularly since she is 46 years old which is a very advanced age for a gorilla. In human years that would likely be equivalent to being in your 90's. A gorilla's lifespan is normally between 35 and 40 years YOU GO GIRL! We are all very proud of you!!! Outdoor Area Tower 8 meters (26 feet) tall. https://youtu.be/pScRo1QLY3w

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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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