CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has lost a beloved member of its animal family.
“Chloe”, a 14-year-old female African lion, has died.
Zoo officials said Chloe was euthanized Thursday morning after medical tests revealed she was suffering from advanced renal failure.
“We didn’t want Chloe to suffer,” General Curator Geoff Hall said in a statement. “So the veterinarians and animal care staff made the very difficult decision to euthanize her. As hard a choice as it was, we knew it was the right thing to do for her.”
Chloe had called the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo home since 1998. She was one of two lions in the African Savanna exhibit, where she lived with her half-brother, “Moufasa.”
Lions are classified as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They can live up to 14 years, and up to 20 years in zoos.