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The Cincinnati Zoo doesn’t find your Harambe jokes funny.

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Harambe, may be very dead, but the memes are eternal. All those careless tweets and Tumblrs, however, have deeply hurt the staff of the Cincinnati Zoo. After getting shot and killed in early June after a child snuck into Harambe’s zoo enclosure, the employees that knew and loved the ape are unable to grieve. Our jokes have gone too far. From The Independent:

Interest in Harambe has surged in recent months, as the gorilla has been revived as a meme. Google Trends shows that searches for the gorilla’s name are now almost equal with their peak in the first week of June, when news hit that he had been killed.

But the Cincinnati Zoo has asked for those memes and other jokes to come to an end.

“We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe,” Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, told the Associated Press. “Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”

Other voices on the internet have said that the jokes have now gone too far and should be brought to an end.

WCPO-TV web editor James Leggate recently started his own petition, for instance, which asks that petitions about Harambe are stopped.

“At first, the petitioners had good intentions,” he wrote. “But then the goofuses of the Internet hopped on the Harambe train for their jollies, and it has gotten out of control.”

If the memes are so mean-spirited, why is Harambe performing better than Jill Stein and Gary Johnson — two actual, alive humans — in the polls

Regardless, R.I.P. Harambe. You’re still making an impact.

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