Photo Courtesy of El Paso Zoo
Photo Courtesy of El Paso Zoo

El Paso Zoo & Botanical Gardens Mourning Death of African Lioness

The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens is mourning the passing of its 15-year-old African lioness Zari. 

Zoo staff made the decision to euthanize Zari after discovering she had bile duct cancer that had metastasized and could not be treated further.

“The name Zari means ‘Golden’ and she was just that, in every way; in her beauty, her demeanor, her love for her pride, especially her sisters,” said Amanda Leverett, El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens Collections Supervisor. “We will all miss her golden ways.”

Zari arrived from the Oklahoma City Zoo in 2010 along with her sisters Kalliope and Malaika. Kalliope passed away in 2021 due to a tumor in her chest. Malaika remains at the El Paso Zoo along with the 5-year-old male lion, Hodari.

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