Harambe's death got attention, didn't hurt numbers

2016-10-25 20:07

Animal rights activists and mourners gather for a Memorial Day vigil outside the Cincinnati Zoo for Harambe, the gorilla killed after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit. (John Minchillo, AP)

Animal rights activists and mourners gather for a Memorial Day vigil outside the Cincinnati Zoo for Harambe, the gorilla killed after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit. (John Minchillo, AP)

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Cincinnati - The Cincinnati Zoo's director says the death of a gorilla that was shot when a 3-year-old boy got into its enclosure is still drawing attention, but hasn't significantly affected attendance.

The killing of the 17-year-old gorilla, Harambe, sparked outrage among some people. Zoo officials said they had no choice, given the danger the animal posed to the child.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Hamilton County commissioners said on Monday they're satisfied with the zoo's response, but want to see any internal reports or analyses about what went wrong.

Director Thane Maynard says it will provide that to the commissioners, who must approve a zoo levy before it appears on the ballot.

Maynard says attendance remained comparable to 2015 with about 1.2 million visitors this year.

The zoo has reopened its gorilla exhibit with a higher, reinforced barrier.


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