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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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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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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