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Cincinnati Zoo evacuated after suspicious package report

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's employees stand in a nearby parking lot after the park was evacuated after a report of a suspicious package, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's employees stand in a nearby parking lot after the park was evacuated after a report of a suspicious package, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's employees stand in a nearby parking lot beside police vehicles after the park was evacuated after a report of a suspicious package, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's employees stand in a nearby parking lot beside police vehicles after the park was evacuated after a report of a suspicious package, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

The Cincinnati Zoo has been evacuated and police are investigating after a report of a suspicious package.

The zoo says staff and visitors were safely evacuated mid-afternoon Thursday after the threat was called in to police.

Cincinnati police say bomb sniffing dogs are sweeping the zoo. Lt. Steve Saunders says there's no sign so far of a package.

The zoo has been the target of critics on social media and elsewhere after a gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed by a special response team in May when a 3-year-old boy fell 15 feet into a moat inside the gorilla's enclosure.

The zoo reopened its gorilla exhibit in June with a higher, reinforced barrier.