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Subject: M’bari, San Diego's longtime San Diego Zoo resident had been enduring age-related illnesses, until staff was forced to euthanize. ...

Died May 22, at age 15.
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Date Posted: Sunday, June 02, 03:07:30pm

M’bari the lion euthanized at San Diego Zoo, known as confident and particular,
the longtime San Diego Zoo resident had been enduring age-related illnesses. …

By Bradley J. Fikes
May 22, 2019

A 15-year-old African lion at the San Diego Zoo was euthanized Wednesday for age-related health problems, the zoo said in a statement.

The lion, M’bari, had been under veterinary care for some time, the zoo said Wednesday.

“In recent days, his condition had steadily worsened, despite attempts by animal care staff to modify his habitat to make him more comfortable,” the zoo said. So staff decided euthanasia was the most humane course.

The lion is known to have had kidney degeneration and spinal arthritis, said Andrew James, a zoo spokesman. A necropsy will be performed to determine M’bari’s health problems more precisely.

M’bari lived with his mate, Etosha, in their habitat at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. And according to the zoo, he was quite vocal.

“His early morning and late afternoon roars could be heard throughout the entire zoo,” the statement said.

...That roar matched his commanding attitude, according to a March profile in the zoo’s monthly magazine, Zoonooz.

“M’bari is confident and particular,” Kimberly Hyde, a senior keeper at the zoo, said in the magazine. “He doesn’t like having his routine changed, but sometimes it’s necessary.”

M’bari arrived at the zoo with Etosha in 2009; both previously had lived at the Safari Park.

Male lions rarely live past the age of 12 in the wild, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. In zoos, they may live into their late teens or early 20s. The San Diego Zoo says the oldest lion lived to be 30.
Lions, which go by the species name Panthera leo, are a vulnerable species, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The rating is one step above that of endangered.

Found in African and Asian subspecies, wild lions number 23,000 to 39,000, nearly all in Africa.

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Rest in Peace, beautiful, majestic lion, who should have lived and died in the wild... (NT)I'll meet you at Rainbow BridgeSunday, June 02, 04:56:02pm

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