CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — For the first time in ten days the Gorilla World Exhibit will be back open to visitors but with some changes.
Visitors will be greeted with a higher barrier railing with solid wood beams and knotted rope netting.
The exhibit has been closed since a three-year-old boy made it into the gorilla enclosure, and zoo staff had to shoot a 17-year-old gorilla to save the boy’s life.
Monday, the Hamilton County Prosecutor announced the boy’s mother would not face any charges for the incident.
“I know kids can take off,” said parent Carrie Robinson. “They can run very quickly and get out of sight very quickly. By having an extra layer I think it will be very well I think it will be really really good.”
According to zoo keepers across the country, the new fence will make it more difficult for kids to squeeze through.
“Before they had horizontal bars that theoretically a small child could squeeze through and get through,” said Ron Magill, a spokesman for the Miami Zoo. “Now a child would have to climb over a 42 inch barrier which is a significant, significantly more of a challenge.”
Zoo officials said what happened Memorial Day weekend was a first in the more than 30 years the gorilla exhibit has been open.