Improve Safety of Zoo Enclosures After Harambe the Gorilla’s Death

Silverback Gorilla by Pierre Fidenci

Target: Thane Maynard, Director of Cincinnati Zoo

Goal: Make it harder for people to get into zoo enclosures so that animals like Harambe the gorilla don’t get killed.

Recently a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo was put to death after a 4-year-old boy slipped into the gorilla’s enclosure. The zoo workers only killed the gorilla in order to prevent it from hurting the child, but the child should not have been able to get into the enclosure in the first place. The Cincinnati Zoo needs to take precautions and improve the safety of its enclosures so that people can not get through them so easily.

A witness said that out of the corner of her eye she saw the boy slip into the enclosure, and as she tried to reach for him, the boy fell 10 feet into a shallow moat. Then Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, grabbed the child and dragged him across the enclosure. The zoo workers were not sure if the gorilla intended to harm the child or not, but they did not want to wait and see. They considered using a tranquilizer, but it would have taken several minutes for it to take effect and they did not know if they had that much time to spare. So, in order to protect the child, they shot the gorilla.

The zoo workers did not want to kill the gorilla, especially since it is an endangered animal. But they did not have a choice, since they could not risk the child being killed. Some have blamed the mother for not paying enough attention, but the witness said that judging her was not fair. The mother had three other kids and a baby in her arms, and everything had happened in “the blink of an eye.”

It would seem then that the zoo’s enclosures are not child-proofed enough, and should be given more safety standards. Demand that the Cincinnati Zoo prevent other animals from being killed by strengthening and improving the safety of their enclosures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Maynard,

Unfortunately, Harambe the gorilla was killed because a kid was able to slip through the enclosure. If it had not been so easy for the child to get through the enclosure, Harambe would still be alive.

Please send a team to investigate these enclosures and see what can be done to make sure that no child or adult can get through. The Cincinnati Zoo should learn from this unfortunate event and prevent other animals from being killed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Pierre Fidenci

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20 Comments

  1. Please STOP holding wild animals at the zoo!! For no reason other than stupid people need something to keep their subpar brain from boredom. Maybe we let the wild animals go free and keep stupid parents with NO sense in the cages instead.

    • Marcio Alvarez says:

      Excellent idea!

    • Very good comment; very true. Great idea to cage the stupid parents/humans!

      Furthermore, this petition says the mother had three other children and a baby in her arms! WTF? I’ll judge all want; she is apparently an incessant breeder and a useless, invasive human parasite. I hate that breeder; she’s a useless piece of human junk for causing the death of Harambe by her single-digit IQ ignorance, and then expressing NO remorse AT ALL.

    • OK: what about animals born in captivity who would not survive a week in the wild?

      In some cases, good zoos help with research and breeding of endangered species…..yes, I know thats not PC, but….

  2. If my child ends up in a gorilla cage at the zoo, I will be the first to tell you I have failed as a parent. I am responsible for this me alone as I am the responsible person in control of my children. I would be very sure to take responsibility for my negligence. If I have too many kids that I can NOT take care of I would accept that and ask for help. But I would never endanger my child life by ignoring my limitations!!

  3. Wild animals do NOT belong imprisoned at the zoo!! Maybe we could repupose zoos to hold stupid neglectful parents instead?,

    • OK: what about animals born in captivity who would not survive a week in the wild?
      In some cases, good zoos help with research and breeding of endangered species…..yes, I know thats not PC, but….

      The majority of zoo animals ARE born in captivity…….for some endangered species, life in a well run zoo with a natural setting/ habitat is a lot safer than living in the wild….for instance TIGERS who will likely go extinct during our lifetime…..more of them now in zoos than in the wild, due to the Chinese mania for things like “Tiger bone wine”; and trophy hunters who want their skins!

  4. If my child ends up in a gorrilla enclosure at the zoo, I have NOT done a good job as a parent. If i endangered my child if I am overwhelmed I should seek help. I would be devastated that my neglect caused so much tragedy and death and I would accept that it was my responsibility to protect and at least watch my child, and I would accept that an endangered beautiful creature was KILLED because of my stupidity and negligence!!!!

    • As I understand it, the kid was DEMANDING to be allowed to get into the water he saw in the gorilla enclosure…..finally he jumped in…..not sure why that needs a petition to strengthen the bars surrounding the enclosure!

  5. E. Cambridge says:

    The consequences of having an endangered and enslaved animal die because of the stupidity of people(both the parents of the child and the zoo who did not ensure that there were safeguards in place) should not be to make sure that the enclosure is secure for the next enslaved animal in it, but to push to end all zoos. All zoos are are the enslavement of wildlife for the amusement of people and the profits of zoo owners.

    • OH, please “enslaved” animals? Come on…….most zoo animals are captive born and would not survive a week in the wild……The best zoos do research and run breeding programs that help endangered species…..

  6. C Friedrich says:

    Harambe did not deserve to die, he did nothing wrong and was just being a gorilla – he has paid the ultimate price for human error and should never have had to be in this position. He was one a protected species, humans are not and there are far too many. If animals must be kept captive, at least ensure humans cannot jeopardiZe their lives, and ultimately, those of the innocent captive animals. Humans have a choice to visit zoos but the animals have no choice in being there as exhibits.

    • Maxine Sheehan says:

      Mr or Ms Friedrich I wholeheartedly agree with you. That poor imprisoned animal was slaughtered because of multiple episodes of negligence. The zoo for not protecting their prisoners, and the parents for not protecting their child. Quite frankly the child needs to be put in foster care as the parents aren’t capable of keeping the child safe. They should also have to pay a massive fine to help towards protecting endangered species.

  7. Marcio Alvarez says:

    7 billion destructive humans to its own habitat and a few endangered gorillas, the chance should have been taken to dart the great Creature and then collect the brat, the parents had already failed, so if there was a slim chance their kid might have been hurt and even worse, the chance had to be taken and not killed an innocent animal who is enslaved. It’s not as if the gorilla traveled from Africa on his own volition to this kid’s home and attacked him. The Chance to dart Jim should have been taken. This murder was no different to Walter Palmer’s killing of Cecil last July.

    • Google the Brookfield zoo incident, where a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure in ’96…..the female gorilla carried him, as if he was her baby, to the door where the food came from and where the gorilla saw her caretakers…..she protected him and took him to safety.
      SHE was made to leave by a water hose being turned on her……no one was hurt! NO GUNS NEEDED, or TRANQUILIZERS!

      There is at least one other incident of a young child falling into a gorilla enclosure; the male gorilla touched him gently, (he was unconscious) and then left with the troop……the rescuers then jumped in and got the child, again, NO ONE WAS HURT!

  8. KatWrangler says:

    What I want to know is why the hell it took 15 MINUTES for security to come. If they came faster, maybe they could have tranquilized Harambe. If you watch – I counld’t – the video, apparently the crowd that gathered was upsetting Harambe by screaming. But they kept on filming.

    So, again, an innocent captive animal paid the ultimate price for human stupidity. I give up.

    • Google the Brookfield zoo incident, where a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure in ’96…..the female gorilla carried him, as if he was her baby, to the door where the food came from and where the gorilla saw her caretakers…..she protected him and took him to safety.
      SHE was made to leave by a water hose being turned on her……no one was hurt!

  9. Denise Baudin says:

    Improve Safety of Zoo Enclosures After Gorilla’s Death. IT IS AS EASY AS THAT. DOES IT TAKE A DEATH TO MAKE YOU PEOPLE REALIZE THAT YOUR ZOO IS NOT SAFE.
    Wild animals are made to live in their own habitat, not in zoos where stupid tourists pay to go watch tortured animals kept in captivity by GREEDY zoo owners.

    • I disagree….the kid was reportedly insisting he be allowed to get into the water he saw in the gorilla enclosure, and finally he jumped in!

      Google the Brookfield zoo incident, where a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure in ’96…..the female gorilla carried him, as if he was her baby, to the door where the food came from and where the gorilla saw her caretakers…..she protected him and took him to safety.
      SHE was made to leave by a water hose being turned on her……no one was hurt! No guns, no tranquilizers needed!

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