East Austin bar hosting fundraiser for one-year anniversary of Harambe’s death

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East Austin bar hosting fundraiser for one-year anniversary of Harambe’s death

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This June 20, 2015 file photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shows Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, who was fatally shot Saturday, May 28, 2016, to protect a 3-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit. In some parts of Africa, tourists and researchers routinely trek into the undergrowth to see gorillas in their natural habitat where there are no barriers or enclosures. (Jeff McCurry/Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden via The Cincinatti Enquirer via AP, File)

Just when you thought you were done hearing about Harambe, the gorilla-turned-meme that took over social media in 2016, an East Austin bar is making sure you never forget the slain gorilla.

Rhino Room, a bar on Sixth Street just east of Interstate 35, is hosting Harambe: A Day of Remembrance on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the day the gorilla was killed.

The bar says the event will be a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund.

May 28 marks a year since a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Zoo officials later shot and killed Harambe, a gorilla who grabbed the child.

The Cincinnati Zoo plans to reopen the enclosure, which has been closed since the incident, in June. The new enclosure has reportedly been revamped with new safety precautions.

The zoo has been making headlines again recently, thanks to an adorable baby hippo named Fiona, who is learning to swim.


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