Since the death of Harambe, a 17 year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, the internet has had a lot of fun keeping his memory alive not only in the thoughts of not just America, but the world. However, the Cincinnati Zoo isn’t too happy about this.
In a statement to the Associated Press, zoo director Thane Maynard said:
We are not amused by the memes, petitions, and signs about Harambe. Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.
This, of course, is also most likely because most of the memes are also focused on the Zoo’s poor security of Harambe’s habitat, which lead to a child getting inside and ultimately leading to the gorilla’s death.
Since the gorilla’s death, Cincinnati Zoo’s social media accounts have been flooded with criticism of the management’s decision to kill the animal. For example, when the zoo’s twitter account tweeting about an official 5K marathon, the replies said things such as:
Harambe loved doing the #CheetahRun5K
harambe was training for this 5k. He was hoping to PR and win his age group. Unfortunately you killed him.
Harambe can’t outrun the bullets
Despite the zoo’s plea, the Harambe memes don’t seem to be stopping soon. Unlike Harambe, who stopped living May 28th, 2016.