A conservation fund has been setup in memory of Harambe, the majestic young male Western lowland gorilla who tragically lost his life on May 28, 2016. While the unfortunate set of circumstances surrounding his passing cannot be reversed, his story has brought the desperate plight of his wild counterparts and their habitat in the African north-western Congo Basin into the public eye.
In Kenya, the word “harambee” is “a rallying cry.” In Swahili, “harambee” means “pull together.”
In order to best remember Harambe’s iconic presence, it seems fitting that the rallying cry be sounded on behalf of wild Western lowland gorillas.
Contributions made to The Harambe Fund will be collected by the Gladys Porter Zoo, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, where Harambe was born and raised. The funds will be transferred to the Mbeli Bai Study, whose programs conserve Western lowland gorillas through research, national capacity building, local community education programs and habitat and wildlife protection. More information about the research can be found at http://www.mbelibaistudy.org/
Gladys Porter Zoo
500 Ringgold Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520