Meet Shamba

Western Lowland Gorilla
"Shahm-bah"
"Garden" in Swahili
female
Circa April 1, 1959
Gorilla Habitat 3

Shamba is the Zoo’s oldest gorilla. Her many descendants include son Taz and his offspring. She may look irritable sometimes, but her sweet disposition has made her a favorite among keepers. Shamba likes to experiment with sticks, and she almost always carries one inside with her at night – usually in her mouth! Her favorite foods are onions and raisins. 

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