Harambe (City of Cincinnati)

Marco Lloyd filed this request with the City of Cincinnati (OH) of Cincinnati, OH.


From: Marco Lloyd

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all files and materials regarding or referencing Harambe the gorilla, and the circumstances surrounding his death.

Please include all potentially responsive materials, including but not limited to all communications, reports, inquiries, investigations, photographs, audio files, video files, memos, directives, etc. Please include all materials found in other subject files and all materials associated with any potentially-related names and any other known aliases. Please consult all available cross-reference indices and databases with relevant information.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Marco Lloyd

From: CityManagerEmail

If you could please give me a call

Leslie Fletcher
City Manager's Office
513 352 3243

From: Marco Lloyd

Hi Leslie, thank you for your follow up. To clarify my request, I am looking for all emails, tweets, calls, letters, comments, messages and any other communications internal and external sent and received regarding Harambe from the time of his death to the ensuing months. As you are well aware this event has garnered much social media attention, with many online responding to his death in a manner of ways, some being crude and insensitive in the subject. These outside communications, and the internal discussions that your organization made regarding the handling of said communications are of particular interest. Please include everything in the the city of Cincinnati database and the databases of any related organizations that would have the requested information.

From: City of Cincinnati (OH)

Good afternoon,

Records responsive to your request are available at this link: https://cincinnati.sharepoint.com/:f:/s/CincinnatiPublicRecords/EobKe8eTxZZFlU97eugpFpcBe0DBp9eCTUTYWGH7PVy-YQ?e=Mam4EB.

Please let me know if you have any technical issues accessing the records. Otherwise, the City considers this request fulfilled and will close it's file on this matter. Thank you for your patience.


Zach Southwood
Assistant City Solicitor
General Counsel Section
Law Department
513/352-3317 (office) | 513/352-1515 (fax)

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