The Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit has reopened for the first time since the tragic death of Harambe the Gorilla.
Late last month, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla was shot and killed after a toddler fell into the enclosure. Officials said tranquilizing the animal would agitate it, so the best thing for the child's safety was to end the creature's life.
The beautiful primate's killing caused quite a bit of controversy, as people began to criticize the kid's parents, as well as the zoo's protocols.
"It's been a very difficult time, as you can imagine, with the loss of Harambe…. Losing Harambe is just like losing a family member. People that work at zoos care about their animals very much. And so we are leaning on each other and sticking together, but of course it is time to move on and to see gorillas again."
But he didn't just reopen Gorilla World. Mr. Maynard and his team put in a new, taller, barrier that has wood beams at the top and bottom, as well as netting in between.
The zoo has also installed three security cameras.
And even though Thane increased the enclosure's safety measures, he defended their old perimeter, saying:
On Saturday, the silverback gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into the animal's enclosure.
Zoo director Thane Maynard explained that officials were concerned for the toddler's safety after the endangered animal began dragging him through the habitat, and defended the decision to put him down by arguing that tranquilizers don't go into effect immediately and would only make the large primate agitated.
Video of the scary situation has since surfaced on the internet, showing the endangered animal dragging the toddler through the habitat as he ran around, but other shots portrayed the primate behaving protectively towards the youngster.
And even famed primatologist Jane Goodall noticed that Harambe didn't seem to be acting violently.
On Monday, the Jane Goodall Institue released an email that the 82-year-old sent to Cincinnati Zoo's director Thane Maynard on Sunday, and the UK native revealed that she doesn't believe the gorilla had any intention of harming the toddler, writing:
Following Saturday's accident where a 3-year-old child fell into Harambe's enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, we're hearing that local police are currently reviewing the animal's death to see if there's actually a case.
In fact, Cincinnati Police spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy issued a statement to the press on Tuesday, saying:
Harambe the Gorilla has been pretty much the only thing we've been able to think about ever since he was killed when a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday afternoon.
While we've already heard from celebrity animal experts like Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin, as well as animal rights advocates like Kaley Cuoco and Lisa Vanderpump, it looks like Donald Trump has volunteered to be the spokesperson for bigots on the subject.
The man often compared to an orangutan, follically speaking, defended the silverback in a press conference on Tuesday, and while he may not be a fan of Muslims or Mexicans… he's actually pretty humane when it comes to animals.
The racist Republican fell upon a rare moment of clarity while addressing reporters at Trump Towers, saying: