Get you a man who acts like an animal, but looks like George Clooney.
If you’ve been to Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan recently, you might have noticed that your heart is no longer in your chest and has, in fact, been stolen by one of the zoo’s inhabitants – Shabani the gorilla. The Japanese call him ikemen, meaning ‘handsome guy.’ We call him a brooding, musclebound heartbreaker.
Shabani spends his days flexing, staring thoughtfully into the distance, and enjoying bona fide social media fame. He’s Dutch-born, Australian-bred, now resides comfortably in your dreams. Sure, he may have two wives and at least two children already, but he’s a gorilla – they have this thing about not settling down. When he’s not too busy being Higashiyama’s official spokesman, or doing ads for Japanese candies and cakes, he’s wild company to be with.
Swipe right… Er, down, to see Shabani in all his glory, and let us know if you’d go for a walk in the jungle with him.
Meet Shabani, a 19-year-old gorilla who’s been living at Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan since 2007
He’s Dutch-born, Australian-bred, and 100% man
People in Japan have become so charmed by him, they call him ikemen – ‘handsome guy’
That brooding stare, those endless eyes, the way he struts around with so much confidence…
He’s even an entertainer!
Shabani went globally viral back in 2015, and though he’s kept it humble, he seems to enjoy the fame
He’s a western lowland gorilla, a critically-endangered species native to central Africa
They are often hunted for their skin and meat, or captured to be sold to zoos
Shabani was sent to Japan as part of a breeding program, and this hunk certainly did his part
After taking 2 lucky wives, Shabani now has 2 children, named Kiyomasi and Annie
Higashiyama Zoo even made him their official spokesman
Given his resemblance to certain famous faces, we see the appeal
After teaming up with Nagoya-based department store Parco, Shabani found his true calling – modelling