It is with great sadness that the Houston Zoo announces the passing of two animals – a leopard and a Grant’s zebra.
Ivy, the elderly female leopard, was humanely euthanized after discovering that her chronic bone and joint issues had reached a critical point. Ivy had been undergoing specialized treatment for her numerous joint and bone problems for the past three years. However, four days ago she started showing a severe increase in discomfort. Today, our veterinary staff preformed x-rays and blood work and discovered that one of her front elbows had a break in it. After reviewing all options, our veterinary and leopard experts decided that the most humane option was to euthanize her peacefully.
Hatari, our male zebra, was injured in an incident yesterday with one of his yard-mates whom he had lived with for several months without showing any aggressive behavior towards each other. After emergency veterinary intervention, the zebra did not survive his injuries.