Shabani is a Japanese male western lowland gorilla who was born in Appenhall Primate Park in the Netherlands, grew up in Australia, and currently lives in the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan. He started campaigning at the age of 10 by walking a tightrope at the Higashiyama Zoo.
He gained extra fame in 2015 for being considered ‘handsome’, ‘sexy’, ‘photogenic’, and ‘metrosexual’. It led to news coverage and was featured in the premiere of season 2 of the TV series Not Safe with Nikki Glasser.
He has been the most handsome gorilla with the exclusive name “Ikemen Gorilla“
His residence had a significant increase in the presence of young women at her zoo. There is a DVD movie dedicated to Hindi and he became a mascot for a candy line.
He was also used to promote employee recruitment by the city of Nagoya in January 2016.
Birth and first life
Shabani, a male western lowland gorilla (Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla), was born on October 20, 1996, at Appenhall Primate Park in the Netherlands. His mother is Mouila and his father is Kibabu. Mouila was born in Cameroon to wild parents. Her date of birth is recorded as 1972 although the date of her capture is not known she arrived in Eppenhull on November 22, 1974.
Kibababu was born on 25 May 1977, at Howlets Wild Animal Park. Kibabu’s parents were Baby Doll and Kisoro. Kibaboo moved from Howlett to Oppenhall on 7 August 1987. Shabani gorilla was transferred to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, on 6 December 1996 with his family. When Shabani moved to Australia, she was only two months old. Shabani has four more siblings.
Transfer to Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden
Shabani and his brother, Hako, were relocated to Japan as part of a comprehensive breeding program to confirm genetic diversity on June 27, 2007. While transferring Shabani to the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan.
Naoko was transported to Uno Zoological Garden in Tokyo, Japan. Shabani is about 11 years old and was still considered a “blackback”. Blackbacks are 8 to 12 years old and lack silver hair in silver.
Shabani gorilla grew up in a stable family that included both parents and many siblings. She is very loving, sporting, and protective of her kids. Since his wives or children move closer to him, he is often seen showing affection or clearly biting them.
He likes to play, push, and persuade his wives to be angry enough to chase him around the whole area. He can be pretty rough when he is trying to chase one of the adult girls down, he is very polite when playing with the kids.
Gorillas are generally sensitive but Shabani can be a bit more sensitive than most. When he first arrived in Nagoya, he was under pressure from the move, and being among strangers guerrillas, he earned the nickname “tyrant” among the zoo staff. However, after the birth of Kiyomasa and Annie, his name was changed to “Ruler of Virtue.”
When Shabani gorilla started attracting a large crowd of screaming wives, he moved out and started spending more time inside the house. The zoo then had signs aimed at preventing visitors from screaming “Shabani” which made him uncomfortable.
The favorite food of the Shabani Gorilla is eggplant. He also lives on several other vegetables.
Zoo spokesman Takazuki Aik Shikawa told AFP that Shabani’s paternalism is one of the things that made him so attractive to his wives. “He is a father and he always protects and supervises children,” he said. “Zoologists think that his kindness is also interesting.”
Shabani is often seen on many YouTube videos involving both Annie and Kiyomasa in playful activities. They would wrestle and play – engaging in such a fight in the bite. Shabani stops the play with no sign that the child wants to stop.
Shabani is often seen engaging in affectionate conversations with his family members. These national interactions include perfect play, snuggling, grooming, holding hands, and so on.
Although human caregivers were raised by Annie from the beginning, Shabani showed a strong defensive instinct for him. Yagushi Shibuya, a spokeswoman for the Higashima Zoo, said that when Annie began to stay with the rest of the troops, there was a time when Nene would attack Annie.
In response, Shabani screamed and rushed to a room at a very fast pace to protect Annie. Shibuya believed that it was because Nene perceived Annie as a threat to her son Kiyomasa, who was only 7 months older than Annie.
In the process of protecting Annie, Nani was injured several times but soon stopped attacking Annie.
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Walking the tightrope
Shabani gorilla was 10 years old when he first gained fame for walking tightrope in 2007. According to Hiroshi Kobayashi, the head of the Higashima Zoo in the central city of Nagoya, the rope was kept to allow the gorillas to hang.
But Shabani gorilla has found a better use for them and begins to balance and move on. Today, in addition to Shabani, Nene, Ai, Kiyomasa and Annie were able to walk along and be able to do so regularly.
A guard of Shabani lifted a few banana pieces on the wall of his outer enclosure to see how Shabani would jump.