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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Pierre Fidenci