Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, was killed the day after his 17th birthday at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on May 28, 2016, after a 3-year-old child fell into the gorilla enclosure and was dragged around its moat by Harambe. The zoo fatally shot the 400-pound male gorilla to rescue the boy.
The silverback, born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas on May 27, 1999, was a relatively recent resident at the Cincinnati Zoo, arriving there in April 2014. He quickly became a favorite of amateur photographer Robert Streithorst who visited the zoo regularly after his retirement, often once or twice a week. Streithorst enjoys photographing many of the animals, but said, Harambe “became my favorite,” adding “I’m going to miss that guy.” The photographer explained, “he just seemed to love the camera” and seemed so human.
Click through to see a selection of Streithorst’s favorite photos of Harambe.