The El Paso Zoo announced Wednesday the loss of Ash, a 14-year-old Mexican gray wolf.
The animal care team at the zoo determined that euthanasia was the most humane option because medical intervention was no longer able to help her declining condition. Ash had a number of common age-related health issues, including arthritis in her knees and back, that were being managed by the animal care and Veterinary teams.
“I’ve been at the Zoo for over 15 years, so I’ve watched Ash and Ivy grow as part of the Zoo family,” said Area Supervisor Tony Zydonyk. “Ash was a longtime resident, and I know all of us are going to miss her, especially the keepers in her area.”
Ash and her sister Ivy were born at the Columbus Zoo, transferred to the Cincinnati Zoo, and both were later transferred to the El Paso Zoo.
Ash’s sister, Ivy, passed away last month, and pathology results are still pending to determine her cause of death.
Both had exceeded the life expectancy for Mexican gray wolves under human care. Zephyr, an 11-year-old male Mexican wolf, appears to be in good health.
The El Paso Zoo has worked diligently in efforts to conserve the Mexican wolf.
In addition to the wolves that currently live at the Zoo, the Zoo has sponsored various Mexican wolf conservation efforts, and recently, Zoo staff worked with the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to vaccinate, examine and treat eleven Mexican wolves that were released into the wild.