TULSA, Okla. (November 13, 2017) – The Tulsa Zoo is mourning the loss of its beloved male African lion, Kofi, who had been part of the zoo family since 2004. Kofi passed away this weekend in his exhibit holding area surrounded by his caregivers.
Kofi had been under close supervision of animal care and veterinary staff after a diagnosis of chronic end-stage renal disease. Kidney failure is a common cause of death in older felids, including domestic house cats.
“We are very proud of our animal care and animal health teams for the way they have looked after Kofi and for their continued dedication to the well-being of our lions as well as all the animals in our care.” said Joe Barkowski, Vice President of Animal Conservation and Science. “We know many people have been able to connect with Kofi over the years in one way or another. We are thankful we could offer the opportunity to enjoy him during his final days.”
Kofi was very interactive with his zookeepers. The animal care staff would reserve time to sit with him for the enjoyment his company. Kofi would often sit near the fence, cross his front paws, and hang out for awhile.
In memory of Kofi, friends can share their #KofiStories of the zoo’s lion on the zoo’s Facebook page or other social media platforms.