Cincin­nati zoo builds new fence af­ter Harambe in­ci­dent


The zoo at the cen­tre of the Harambe go­rilla shoot­ing controversy has in­stalled a new bar­rier af­ter pic­tures of its ‘in­ad­e­quate’ se­cu­rity sparked out­rage. Cincin­nati Zoo has been heav­ily crit­i­cised across the globe af­ter a four-year-old boy fell into one of its en­clo­sures.

The child came into close con­tact with en­dan­gered ape Harambe, and the US zoo took the de­ci­sion to shoot dead the go­rilla.

The news sparked out­rage — which was only stoked fur­ther af­ter an im­age of the fence pro­tect­ing vis­i­tors from the go­rilla en­clo­sure was cir­cu­lated. It showed a three-foot-high bar­rier which par­ent­ing ex­perts said a child could eas­ily over­come. The orig­i­nal three foot fence has been slammed as “in­ad­e­quate” af­ter the four-year-old slipped through it, drop­ping 15 foot into the moat, where he was able to come face to face with the 28 stone go­rilla. at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) to deal with vis­i­tors and parcels that come to the cam­pus. The in­sti­tute doesn’t even have a reg­u­lar se­cu­rity of­fi­cer since March 2000 and the job is be­ing done by a con­trac­tual em­ployee who keeps chang­ing, re­veal the doc­u­ments ac­cessed un­der the RTI. The Dec­can Po­lice sta­tion also con­ducted sev­eral se­cu­rity au­dits in the past and had pointed to sev­eral se­cu­rity lapses, which have not been ad­dressed till date.

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