His name was Harambe, which means, “lets pull together” in one of the native languages of his home in East Africa. He was a silverback gorilla and is reported to be a Western Lowland Gorilla.
If he were free, his home would be like the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes where clouds meet the treetops. He might feast on bamboo and stinging nettle. He would have wives and children to guard and love. The antelopes and golden haired monkeys would walk wide of him.
Humans are his family’s only predators and the reason the gorilla is on the Endangered Species List. Logging camps destroy their habitats in the Congo. Ruthless middlemen kill them because souvenir hands and feet bring money. The poor eat the “bush meat” to survive. Baby gorillas are often stolen and sold to ignorant pet owners and zoos throughout the world.