UPDATE, August 23, 1:01 P.M. ET: At some point on Monday evening, the Cincinnati Zoo deactivated their Twitter account.
The zoo offered reporters little by way of comment over the decision, but Twitter users noticed very quickly (below):
@CincinnatiZoo deleted their Twitter just like they deleted Harambe
— josh (@Joshhpointto) August 23, 2016
Furthermore, the Zoo Director Thane Maynard's Twitter account was hacked last night as well, according to reports.
Obviously, quite a tough time for the zoo on social media.
Though he may forever be remembered as a gorilla taken too soon in a tragic situation, Harambe has lived on… and on… and on… in Internet memes!
And now, the Cincinnati Zoo is NOT happy about it!
The late 17-year-old primate, killed back in May when a young boy crawled into his cage and zookeepers were forced to shoot the gorilla to protect the child, has turned into a social media phenomenon after his death.
Memes, photoshopped pictures, and all kinds of hashtag references have buoyed his memory, both satirically and sincerely.
But Thane Maynard, the director of the Cincinnati Zoo, is absolutely fed up with the references, telling reporters via email (below):