Unless you’ve been hiding in an underground bunker for the last month, you’ve likely heard about, discussed, and formed an opinion on the incident that occurred at the Cincinnati Zoo. Following the terrifying entry of a 3-year-old child into the gorilla enclosure, zoo officials were forced to shoot and kill 17-year-old Harambe, a Western Lowland Gorilla who posed an imminent threat to the child.
This was a harsh story for the animal lovers of America. While we all understand that the zookeepers had no choice and did what they had to do, it is still a tragedy, particularly in light of Harambe being a member of an endangered species.
While we may be powerless to change what occurred in this particular instance, this event has managed to shine light on the Gorilla’s plight in its home continent of Africa. If you follow us on social media, you probably saw this article outlining why we should be more outraged by the pressing threat of extinction in the wild or this one explaining how adolescent gorillas have become so attuned to poachers that they now know how to disable poaching snares meant to harm them.
Gorillas face the threat of violent death every day, and most are not put down in an effort to preserve human life like Harambe was. If you were moved by his story, consider getting involved in conservation efforts to rehabilitate, rescue, and protect gorillas in the wild.
While we keep the Cincinnati Zoo’s tragic predicament in our thoughts, let’s band together to do something about the injustices waged on this formidable creature. If we do, then perhaps Harambe’s death was not in vain.
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