In the months since , Cincinnati zoo has been unable to post a tweet or Facebook post without being inundated with memes.
The internet has refused to forget Harambe, who was killed after a three year old fell into the enclosure .
The zoo pleaded for users to stop making memes about the dead Silverback and has now closed its official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
“We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe,” said Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director.
“Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us,” Maynard said.
“We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”
Google data shows that search trends for Harambe are as high now as they were in early June, when news broke he had been killed.
The memes have spread across various internet sites, from Reddit and Imgur to Twitter and Facebook.
Although memes tend to fade away relatively quickly, the memory of Harambe has lingered online.
Some say that it is due to genuine anger over the way the zoo handled the situation while others think it’s just evidence of the dark sense of humour that pervades the internet.
Either way, it’s difficult to see whether the zoo’s decision to close its official accounts will finally put a stop to the online bear-baiting.
A quick question quickly, if it was your child in there with Harambe, what will you do? Will you negotiate, shoot him or tranquilise?