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Female Lion Euthanized
at the Milwaukee County Zoo

African lion Sanura
Sanura will be missed by her keepers and Zoo visitors; she arrived here in 2005 from the Indianapolis Zoo.

Posted September 2018

The Zoo regrets to announce one of its female African lions, Sanura, was euthanized on September 7.  She was 15 years old.

In recent years Sanura was experiencing several chronic health issues that the Zoo’s animal care staff was able to manage. More recently, Sanura began to show signs of decline due to these issues, and the staff could no longer sufficiently manage them while still offering her an optimal quality of life.  The decision was made to humanely euthanize her. Her keepers remained with her throughout the entire process – even giving her a favorite snack of chunk meat and Redi Whip the night before, and the morning of the procedure.

African lions Themba and Sanura
Sanura and Themba – January 2018

Sanura was born July 8, 2003 at the Indianapolis Zoo, and arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2005. While at our Zoo, she lived with her mate, male lion, Themba, and in 2011 gave birth to a litter of three cubs.  She proved to be an amazing mom, and keepers comment she was at her best when raising her cubs.

Keepers go on to say Sanura met many new keepers over the years, but she always put her best foot forward and was the first to tell them what she liked and didn’t like, but “was always forgiving and willing to let others into her circle.”  She touched the hearts of all the keepers at MCZ, and continued to show her feisty spirit throughout her life. “We are better keepers for having Sanura as a teacher and friend in our little Zoo family.”

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