Zoos are a place for the average person to see animals they might not ever get the chance to observe in the wild.
Zoos also have the purpose of conserving certain species, trying to make sure they don’t die out to extinction.. and in other cases they can be a sanctuary against poaching and hunters.
Take a look at ten other times people have got a little too close to the animals – with sometimes devastating consequences for them and the creatures involved.
As encounters with great apes go, Harambe wasn’t the first incident of a child falling into a gorilla enclosure.
It happened at the Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey, Channel Islands in the UK, when Five year old Levan Merrit somehow fell into the zoo’s gorilla enclosure, falling far enough that he lost consciousness when he hit the ground.