The fandom and uber popularity surrounding Harambe has reached new heights. The Cincinnati zoo gorilla who was killed after a 4-year-old fell into his enclosure has become so talked about, that his name has become the frontrunner in a baby gorilla naming contest at the Philadelphia zoo.
When the people on the interwebs found out that the Philly zoo was holding an open naming contest, 'Harambe,' 'Harambe Jr.' and related variations of the name were right at the top of the list.
Today, Philadelphia Zoo debuted the newest addition to our great ape family: a western lowland gorilla baby born to parents, Honi and Motuba.
The name contest was presented by the PECO Primate Reserve and won't officially start until sometime next month but people on Twitter starting casting their name entries early. Prizes include a balloon ride for 4 and a $25 zoo shop gift certificate.
The Philadelphia Zoo allowing the public to name their baby gorilla means it is 100% being named "Harambe Jr." Either that or "DEEZ NUTS."— Eric LaValle (@EricLaValle) September 1, 2016
first baby gorilla in 20 years? Harambe died only a few months ago, Harambe has returned to earth for justice.— fellow homosexual (@milasjt) August 31, 2016
Theres gonna be a gorilla naming contest at the Philly Zoo. I am 100% sure Harambe will win, and 100% sure that the baby won't be named that— um venossauro famoso (@Cassiyus) August 31, 2016
It's unlikely that the gorilla is actually named 'Harambe.' The zoo makes the final call.