Cincinnati’s pioneering gorilla exhibit now common in zoos

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says it will look at whether it needs to reinforce the barriers around its gorilla exhibit even though it considers the enclosure more secure than what’s required.

The area remains closed after the zoo’s dangerous animal response team killed a gorilla over the weekend to protect a 3-year-old boy who had fallen into the enclosure.

The Gorilla World exhibit in Cincinnati was among the first of its kind when it opened nearly 30 years ago.

But most zoos across the country with gorillas now have open viewing areas with a series of barriers like the one in Cincinnati.

Some critics have blamed the boy’s parents for allowing the child out of their sight while at least two animal rights groups say it’s clear the barrier wasn’t adequate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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