6th June 2015
Just over a week out from the tragic incident at Cincinnati Zoo where a three year old boy entered the Gorilla World enclosure and that ended with the death of Harambe, a 17 year old Western Lowland Gorilla Silverback the media is still running wild with accusations on all sides.
Grace’s Rest has been asked (and is perhaps expected) to make comment and pass judgement on the incident however it would be wrong for any of us do so given the limited information available. Bearing this in mind and considering that this is not the time or place to air personal views we will not be expressing an official standpoint at this time until further information is released.
It is worthy of note however that the Cincinnati Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the boy entering the enclosure from a perspective of parental/guardian responsibility and that the zoo’s latest federal inspection (only two months ago) found no cause for concern.
Thank you for your understanding at this time.
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Clare is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln where she is studying wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations. She will be working from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations. Clare has also been honoured to become part of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity research team.
Clare has almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals a specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna. She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions. Clare has worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own. She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!