RIP Gorilla Harambe. Senseless Killing at Cincinnati Zoo

The parents are to blame. This killing should not have happened and the injured boy’s parents must be charge with child endangerment and all children removed from their care.

They are unfit, there are no acceptable excuses for this killing. Harambe is an innocent victim, how did this happen? Human neglect and stupidity. I have zero compassion or sympathy for this boy’s family. For every action there re consequences. Where is the justice? The parent’s actions (or lack of) caused the death of an innocent caged animal. Harambe did not deserve to die this way.

My heart breaks for Harambe and the Cinci Zoo staffer who had to make a split second decision to pull the trigger and end Harambe’s life. Thankfully the boy will survive, the parents should face charges for Harambe’s death.

We humans put Harambe in this situation, ultimately we are responsible for his life.


UPDATE 05/29/2016 Boy’s Family Issues Statement (WKRC Cincinnati)

The family of the child who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo has issued the following statement: “We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe. He is home and doing just fine. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them, and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla. We hope that you will respect our privacy at this time.”

That’s it huh? Nothing else to say? Wow.

Raw video from

mother of boy, harambe

If this Michelle Gregg is in fact the boy’s mother, it’s obvious she is not remorseful or accepting any responsibility for the direct cause of Harambe’s death. She thanks God which I guess makes everything okay (for her). Gregg better be thanking God if she somehow escapes criminal charges for this 100% avoidable killing of a gorilla confined in an enclosure, his domain. Sadly for him, this was his home.

Justice for Harambe Facebook Page

Cincinnati Zoo Director News Conference on Gorilla Shooting

Koko’s non-companion Ndume is owned and mismanaged by the Cincinnati Zoo.

Ndume, Koko’s Non-Companion Deserves Better (Petition Now Closed)

Ndume has been Koko’s non-companion for over 20 years, the experiment is over. Show him some dignity respect. It’s now Ndume’s time and the right thing to do.

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With over 3000 Signatures the petition has been closed. Please click here for details. A big “thank you” to all who signed.

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To: Cincinnati Zoo, ATTN: Ron Evans
Bring gorilla Ndume home. Follow the recommendation in the draft AZA Gorilla Management Plan, and assume your responsibility for the humane care of the gorilla who was bred and raised under your management. Give Ndume a fair chance for some good years in his life.

Sincerely, [Your name]

Ndume lives in isolation at the Gorilla Foundation, as the rejected paramour of Koko, the famous “signing” gorilla. Ndume, stud #0776, was born at Cincinnati Zoo on October 10, 1981. He was hand-reared and, after an unsuccessful three-year stint at Brookfield Zoo, from 1988 to August 1991, Ndume was finally transferred to the Gorilla Foundation on December 10, 1991. Over 20 years ago. Contrary to the image conveyed by TGF’s PR photos, Ndume lives in a trailer, lacking a companion, enrichment, or – obviously – a suitable living environment. In its draft Gorilla Management Plan, the gorilla experts of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended that Cincinnati Zoo bring 32-year-old Ndume back into the zoo population. Despite repeated requests by Ndume’s former caregivers and others – going back several years – the zoo refuses to publicly acknowledge its responsibility to the gorilla who was bred and raised under their management. The zoo needs to act, now, to bring Ndume home. Give him the care and respect that every zoo-bred animal deserves. Thank you for caring. Please share. See also: Gorilla Mountain, the Make Believe Home of Koko and Ndume and Koko and Ndume, Gorillas that I Miss

‘Gorilla Mountain’, the Make Believe Home of Koko and Ndume

Koko, image from

Koko, image from

“Gorilla Mountain” is what Gorilla Foundation staffers call the tiny spot on the map where Koko and Ndume reside near Redwood City, CA. Some outsiders will refer to it as a sanctuary. Gorilla Mountain is anything but a sanctuary. Basically, the gorilla compound consists of three dated trailers attached to a depressing outdoor enclosure where the two gorillas can never hang out at the same time. Yes, you’re reading that correctly; for years Koko and Ndume have been denied togetherness. Rare and limited opportunities for socialization takes place through bars and solid steel gates.

How I Ended Up on Gorilla Mountain

I started part-time mid March, 2010 and admittedly didn’t do a great deal of research prior. Why did I care? It was Koko! What could she possibly have in her closet?

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