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Jane Goodall enters Harambe debate

Primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall has spoken out about the shooting of Harambe at Cincinnati Zoo.

Jane Goodall enters Harambe debate

Jane Goodall, has entered into the conversation about slain zoo gorilla, Harambe.

Penning an email to Cincinnati Zoo, the primatologist expressed her sympathies towards Thane Maynard, the zoo’s director, over the backlash he and his team had received after the decision to shoot the western lowland gorilla, Harambe, earlier this week.

“I tried to see exactly what was happening—it looked as though the gorilla was putting an arm round the child—like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit,” she wrote, according to a statement released by the Jane Goodall Institute.

Harambe

Harambe, who was shot dead by zoo officials, was 17 years old.

The precautions were taken after a four-year-old child fell into the gorilla enclosure on Saturday, an environment Harambe shared with two other female gorillas.

“Anyway, whatever, it is a devastating loss to the zoo, and to the gorillas,” Goodall wrote.

Goodall also expressed her concern for the remaining female gorillas, asking how they were dealing after the death of Harambe: “Are they allowed to see, and express grief, which seems to be so important?” she wrote.

“I feel sorry for you, having to try to defend something which you may well disapprove of,” she added.

Police are now investigating possible criminal charges against Cincinnati Zoo.

Harambe memorial

 

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2 Comments on Jane Goodall enters Harambe debate


  • Catherine
    June 3, 2016 8:42 am

    Against the zoo!?! The charges should be against the parents. The mother knew he wanted to get in there and should have taken him away. Full stop, end of story. When a kid says they’re going to do something they’re not allowed to you take the temptation away. It might be hard on other kids but you just have to explain to them. “Sorry, we can’t stay here because (enter name/s) are not behaving well enough. We have to go now.” It’s not hard. The fault is with the care giver for failing to give due care and attention.

  • Margaret
    June 3, 2016 3:22 pm

    Sadly I agree with Catherine that the zoo did all it could by disengaging Harambe and the young boy. How would it be if he was now being grieved for? Tranquilising effects may have taken too long. While children are in our care, they are our responsibility.

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