Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla Exhibit Reopens

Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla Exhibit Reopens With New Protective Barrier

The Cincinnati Zoo reopened its Gorilla World exhib­it on Tuesday, more than a week after Harambe the goril­la was shot and killed to pro­tect a young boy who fell into the gorilla’s enclo­sure.

The exhib­it now fea­tures a new­ly con­struct­ed, taller bar­ri­er than the one the 3‑year-old boy was able to get through last month. The zoo built the new bar­ri­er to add anoth­er lay­er of pro­tec­tion to pre­vent the pub­lic from access­ing the goril­la habi­tat, which now also has new sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

The family including 3-year-old Isiah Gregg who was dragged around for 10 minutes by Harambe the Gorilla....

The fam­i­ly of 3‑year-old Isiah Gregg who was dragged around for 10 min­utes by Harambe the Gorilla.…

Our exhib­it goes above and beyond stan­dard safe­ty require­ments, but in light of what hap­pened, we have mod­i­fied the out­er pub­lic bar­ri­er to make entry even more dif­fi­cult,” Thane Maynard, direc­tor of the zoo, said in a state­ment.

The habitat’s reopen­ing comes a day after the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office announced it would not pur­sue charges against the young boy’s moth­er.