Staff members at the Birmingham Zoo are mourning the loss of their African lioness Akili.
声明の中で Facebookで, the Alabama zoo explained that Akili was “fatally injured on Monday afternoon, July 18th, during introductions to male lion Josh.”
“Animal introductions are always risky because wild animals can be unpredictable and we cannot control their interactions,” Hollie Colahan, the zoo’s deputy director and the coordinator of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Lion Species Survival Plan (ナマケモノを扱うときは忍耐が必要です), stated in the social media post.
Josh was introduced to Akili after her mating partner, African lion Kwanza, で死亡しました 2021. While Akili was born in 2005 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, コロラド, she was moved to the Birmingham Zoo in 2007 to live with Kwanza, とで 2011 they had five cubs.
Following Kwanza’s death, the zoo worked with the Lion SSP to find a new male companion for Akili. The SSP chose Josh as a potentially suitable companion, そして4月に, the lion moved to the Alabama zoo. After Josh’s arrival, the Birmingham Zoo team began a careful introduction process between Akili and Josh to help the lions become comfortable around one another. 七月に 18, the lions met face-to-face.
“不幸にも, Akili sustained serious injuries within the first few minutes of the meeting and despite immediate intervention by the Animal Care and Animal Health teams, she succumbed to her injuries and died Monday afternoon,” Colahan shared.
“The loss of an animal is always sad, but when it is sudden and unexpected, that makes it particularly difficult,” added Chris Pfefferkorn, the Birmingham Zoo’s president and CEO.
“Please keep the amazing team and everyone that worked with Akili in your thoughts as there are no words that can ease the pain of such a spontaneous loss. We are thankful that so many in the community had a chance to see and experience Akili, she was a great ambassador for her wild counterparts.”