- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Officials at Roger Williams Park Zoo are looking to improve the park’s safety procedures in response to an incident this past weekend where a young child entered a gorilla exhibit in Cincinnati.

Executive director Dr. Jeremy Goodman says each exhibit at the Providence zoo is individually designed for each species to ensure that the animals stay inside and humans can’t get in.

The zoo is reviewing its safety protocol after a male gorilla was shot and killed Saturday when a 3-year-old boy fell into its exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Goodman says a lot goes into an exhibit’s design to give the allusion of being up close to the animals, but safety is the zoo’s “number one priority.”

Zoo officials say they are confident in the park’s current safety measures.


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