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“The loss of Harambe has deeply saddened the staff of the Gladys Porter Zoo. Each of us . . . those who raised him, those who cared for him daily, and those who simply admired him as he grew into a magnificent silverback . . . are dealing with his tragic loss in his or her own way. This unfortunate incident has deeply affected our colleagues in gorilla conservation across the globe, and has especially impacted the team at the Cincinnati Zoo. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”

Harambe was born on May 27, 1999. He was hand-raised by Gladys Porter Zoo staff. On September, 18, 2014, he was sent to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens as part of a Western lowland gorilla Species Survival Plan breeding recommendation

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