Date set for re-opening of Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit

The gorilla exhibit that has drawn international attention will re-open Tuesday, Cincinnati Zoo officials announced today.

The exhibit has been closed since Saturday, when a 3-year-old boy climbed a barrier and fell into the exhibit. Zoo staffers shot and killed an endangered 17-year-old western lowland gorilla named Harambe after concluding the boy's life was in danger.

“In the case of this incident, which involved a child and a critically endangered animal, our collective goal is to take steps to assure it doesn’t happen again,” Kris Vehrs, Interim President and CEO of Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said.

A new, higher barrier has been installed at the exhibit, according to zoo officials.

“Incidents like this are very rare, and the AZA Accreditation Commission will continue working with our members so that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums remain safe for the 183 million guests who visit each year,” Vehrs said.