Wednesday 18 October 2017

Renovated gorilla enclosure opens one year after Harambe's death

Visitors pass the entrance sign to the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. (AP)
Visitors pass the entrance sign to the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. (AP)

Part of an expanded gorilla enclosure has opened at Cincinnati Zoo, about a year after a boy fell into the exhibit, leading to the killing of silverback Harambe.

Local media reported that the renovations started in the autumn, but had been planned since before the gorilla's death.

The outdoor portion of the enclosure is now open. Work continues on a new indoor enclosure that will allow visitors to see the apes all year round.

Harambe was killed on May 28, 2016, after the zoo determined he was a threat to the three-year-old boy who fell into the habitat.

Shortly after the incident, taller barriers were installed at the site.

The zoo chose not to publicly mark the anniversary of Harambe's death, which inspired global mourning and criticism of the handling of the situation.

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