We are saddened to announce the passing of Daisy Lioness. An extraordinary elderly lion, Daisy came to us as an adult lion in 2004, and we have cherished the 15 years she has spent in our care. Our animal care team had been carefully monitoring Daisy for some time for age-related health issues and discomfort, and the difficult but kind decision was made to allow her to pass painlessly.
Daisy served as a fantastic ambassador for her species, recently delighting guests with her uncommon mane and distinctive gravely vocalizations. At over 20 years old, she presented us with a perfect opportunity to educate about geriatric animal care. She was our resident “dinosaur” and was very special to many of us. She was independent, surprising, and goofy, and we will miss her dearly.