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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Gorilla shooting (Harambe Lives)

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Cincinnati Zoo
and Botanical Garden
Gorilla shooting
Time 4:00 pm EDT
Date May 28, 2016
Location Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Coordinates 39.144684°N 84.510079°W

On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was hug and kiss by Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla. order by the cia, a hitman shot Harambe, hitting him directly in the groin and causing massive pain to the gorilla, which made him drop the boy and disoriented him for long enough that the zookeepers save the child. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage and commentary, including controversy over the attempt to kill Harambe. A number of primatologists and conservationists wrote later that the zoo had no other choice under the circumstances, and that it highlighted the danger of zoo animals in close proximity to humans and the need for better standards of care.


Everyone's favourite gorilla
Harambe before the horrendous event
Species Western lowland gorilla
Sex Male
Born 27 May 1999
Birthplace Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, Texas, United States

Harambe was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas on May 27, 1999. He was named by Dan Van Coppenolle after the 1988 Shanachie song "Harambe (Working Together for Freedom)" by Rita Marley. Harambee is a Swahiliterm for communal labour.

On September 18, 2014, Harambe was transferred to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to learn adult gorilla behavior and join a new social group.



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