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Gorillas: In Honor of the Late Hamarabe 2016 -Click Here

The Cincinnati Zoo 2007



I hadn’t been to the zoo since my children were very young, and I didn’t want to go that day. My husband became excited so I said “okay, okay” and surprisingly, once inside I was happy to be there. I photographed the animals in typical fashion

We were headed to see the cats but on the way I veered off from my husband and came up on the Gorillas. I can only tell you that it was as if I stumbled upon a strange tribe of people.


Harambe was the star there was no doubt about that. It seemed as if he was on a cement stage and he wasn’t alone, two other Gorillas were with him. He was extremely tall and beautiful. He would stand up straight like a man and walk around. He was absolutely frightening and hypnotizing all at the same time. You couldn’t help but wanting touch him.

Once I could get a grip on myself I was overtaken by extreme sadness. I could feel the misery in this majestic creature

People was watching, laughing and pointing. I watched as he paced back and forth standing upright on a small slab of cement. I could feel his pain and anguish. I felt he was trying to communicate his feelings to those who could understand him.


The other Gorillas seemed as if they had submitted to their imprisonment, they sat calmly on the cement and only came to life with harassed by Harambe who could not be still, he constantly fussed and at one point during my photo shoot, shockingly he stopped and looked directly at me or perhaps through me. I took the shot then pulled down my camera and stood there looking at him. It was only for a few seconds but it time stood still so felt much longer than that.




The feeling was frightening and awesome and I left the gorilla’s wondering if perhaps he had read my mind. I had never experienced gorillas before and this display was like a sad staged act… in which the title should have been “Come and see The Most Sadist Gorilla in the World”




The Death of Harambe and the rescued Baby

When I heard of this incident with the baby and the death of Harambe I was so deeply saddened and couldn’t help but cry.

Saturday May 28, 2016, a young boy age 3 climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and in a flash a Gorilla named Harambe got hold and pulled him further into the enclosure and into the water. Fearing for the boy's life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. The poor zoo worker suffered insults and verbal attacks on a broad scale. As much as I love Harambe,



After deep thought I cannot help thinking what if it were my baby and what if the Zoo employees stood idly by- leisurely seeking to rescue my child, thinking to themselves- Harambe would not harm the child and Harambe, possibly innocently, killed my baby right before our eyes… As a mom I would blame the Zoo. I know I would blame the zoo without doubt- for doing nothing to protect my baby.                


Write Up from The Cincinnati Zoo

Posted On their website: May 29,2016


CINCINNATI (May 29, 2016) –The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden family is in mourning today and trying to process the death of 17-year-old gorilla Harambe. The gorilla was killed yesterday in order to save the life of a child who climbed through a public barrier at Gorilla World and dropped fifteen feet into the exhibit’s moat, which contained a foot of water.

“We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by our Dangerous Animal Response Team,” said Zoo Director Thane Maynard. “Our first response was to call the gorillas out of the exhibit. The two females complied, but Harambe did not. It is important to note that with the child still in the exhibit, tranquilizing the 450-pound gorilla was not an option. Tranquilizers do not take effect for several minutes and the child was in imminent danger. On top of that, the impact from the dart could agitate the animal and cause the situation to get much worse.”

Zoo staff and Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) were the first responders on the scene. According to a CFD incident report, the gorilla was violently dragging and throwing the child. Minutes later, the Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team arrived and made the difficult decision to put the gorilla down to save the child. The response team includes full-time keepers, veterinarians, maintenance, Zoo leadership and security staff members. All members are trained and certified annually by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The four-year-old boy was transported to Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) after being removed from the exhibit. The child was released from CHMC Saturday night.

“We’re glad to hear that the child is going to be okay. We’re touched by the outpouring of support from the community and our members who loved Harambe,” said Maynard. “The Zoo family is going through a painful time, and we appreciate your understanding and know that you care about our animals and the people who care for them.”

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Killing of Harambe

On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was grabbed and dragged by Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla. Fearing for the boy's life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage and commentary, including controversy over the choice to kill Harambe.

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