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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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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