Family wants donations to go to Cincinnati Zoo

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 17:28:48-04

The family of a child who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo released a new statement Wednesday. 

“Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is still doing well," the statement says. "We continue to praise God for His grace and mercy, and to be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child.

"We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us," the statement continues. "Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept. If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”

The family continues to decline all interview and meeting requests. 

Investigators say the boy went over a three-foot railing, then through thick bushes before falling 15 feet into the water.

There are now concerns if those rails and bushes are enough to protect guests.

"The exhibit is safe," said Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director. "The trouble is people are going to get past it much the way you lock your car and people get into your car."

The zoo is still considering a possible expansion to their gorilla exhibit.