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The Cincinnati Zoo Is 'Not Amused' By All The Harambe Jokes On Social Media

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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):

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!

Related: Celebs React To Harambe's Death

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):

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Cincinnati Zoo Builds Higher Barriers & Reopens Gorilla Exhibit After Harambe's Tragic Death

The zoo is improving its safety precautions after Harambe's death.

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.

Related: Celebs React To Harambe's Death

And after a police investigation revealed the tiny tot's mother would not be charged over the incident, zoo director Thane Maynard has decided it's time open up the exhibit once again, telling Cincinnati.com:

"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:

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Cincinnati Zoo Mother Will NOT Face Criminal Charges After The Controversial Killing Of Harambe The Gorilla

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We have a feeling this decision will cause A LOT of feelings.

On Monday, the prosecutor involved in handling the death of Harambe the gorilla made a key decision in the upsetting case.

The development comes on the heels of heated discussions surrounding the decision to kill Harambe after a three-year-old boy snuck into the beloved animal's Cincinnati Zoo enclosure on May 28.

Related: Jane Goodall Talks Harambe The Gorilla!

Now prosecutor Joe Deters has revealed the mother, Michelle Gregg, will not be charged with negligence or any other criminal charges despite the public outcry.

Mr. Deters expressed in his to-the-point statement:

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Rush Limbaugh's Response To Harambe The Gorilla's Shooting Is So Mind-Bogglingly Dumb, We Had To Share It

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You ever hear something so stupid, you have to share it with everyone you know just to sort of disperse it? So you aren't taking the full brunt of the idiocy?

That's how we feel about Rush Limbaugh's response to the tragic death of Harambe the Gorilla.

The endangered animal was shot and killed by zookeepers to protect a 4-year-old child who fell into its enclosure.

Related: How Will Harambe's Death Affect The Other Cincinnati Zoo Gorillas?

So does the right-wing radio host go after the parents? The zoo? Animal rights activists??

Nope. He's angry at people who believe in evolution. He said on Tuesday:

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Cincinnati Police Are Reviewing The Actions Of That Little Boy's Parents While Investigating Harambe The Gorilla's Death!

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Could there be justice for Harambe the Gorilla?

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.

Related: Jane Goodall Sounds Off On Harambe's Death

But amid outcry over the animal's assassination, the Cincinnati PD has decided to look into the circumstances surrounding the ape's death, and they have their sights sets on Isiah's parents, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson!

The cops are

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Famous Primatologist Jane Goodall Responds To The Death Of Harambe The Gorilla!

Here's what Jane has to say.

Another expert is speaking out.

Over the weekend, celebrity zoologists Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin opened up about the controversial killing of Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday.

Zoo officials fatally shot the 17-year-old silverback gorilla after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into his enclosure, and they began to fear for the kid's safety.

Related: Donald Trump Weighs In On Harambe's Death

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:

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Cincinnati Police Are Currently Looking Into Harambe The Gorilla's Death… But Are They Targeting The Mom Or The Zoo?!

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This case just keeps getting bigger.

We were deeply saddened back in 2015 when Dr. Walter Palmer was legally cleared for killing Cecil the Lion, but it seems like 2016 will be a much better year for animal rights.

That's because while another beautiful creature had to die, Harambe the Gorilla will most likely be getting justice after all!

Related: Donald Trump Weighs In On Harambe The Gorilla's Death

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:

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