A long-time and popular resident of the Niabi Zoo has died. On Monday, a 17 year old female African Lion, Nala, was euthanized due to her advanced bone cancer.
Nala first came to the zoo when she was one and-a-half, and was one of two female African Lions at the zoo. The second, 18-year-old Savanna, can still be viewed by Niabi visitors.
Director Lee Jackson says, “This is never and easy decision, the Zoo staff and veterinary team had to consider her welfare and best quality of life. That she could reach such an advanced age is a testament to the level of care afforded to Nala and all the animals at the Niabi Zoo, and to the tireless dedication of our staff.”