Jane Goodall Speaks About Harambe, The Gorilla

In an email, Jane Goodall eloquently and ever so beautifully manages to address and reassure both sides on the “Harambe” debate. Brilliant.


Dear Thane, I feel so sorry for you, having to try to defend something which you may well disapprove of. I tried to see exactly what was happening — it looked as though the gorilla was putting an arm [around] the child — like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit. Anyway, whatever, it is a devastating loss to the zoo, and to the gorillas. How did the others react? Are they allowed to see, and express grief, which seems to be so important? Feeling for you, Jane


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