Expanded Gorilla World at Cincinnati Zoo scheduled to reopen in June

Harambe

CINCINNATI — An expanded Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo is scheduled to open in early June shortly after the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of an endangered gorilla named Harambe.

The Cincinnati Zoo director tells WXIX-TV (http://bit.ly/2qA4UbD) they’re excited to get the gorillas back outside.

Construction began last fall, but had been in the works since 2015.

Changes include new landscaping, an energy-efficient stream and waterfall and a resurfaced outdoor habitat.

A new indoor area will also allow guests to see the gorillas year round.

The zoo installed new barriers at the exhibit after a three-year-old boy entered the enclosure, leading to the death of the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla Harambe.

Zoo officials say the new barriers include wooden beams and knotted rope netting.