Lion King: Saying Goodbye to Saied at Greenville Zoo

African Lion at Greenville Zoo succumbs to health complications

African Lion Saied, a beloved resident of the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina, was euthanized this morning at the age of 15 after struggling with multiple health issues. Despite receiving treatment for a degenerative joint disease and spinal neurological problem, recent tests showed that his condition had worsened, affecting his quality of life. After consulting with zoo staff, the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

Saied had arrived at the Greenville Zoo with his brother Chuma from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia in 2010. He was considered the dominant male of the pair. The zoo officials expressed their sadness over the loss of Saied and asked for understanding as they continue to gather more information. Their focus is now on ensuring the well-being of the animals in their care and supporting Chuma during this difficult time. Updates on any future plans for honoring Saied will be shared with the public as they become available. The zoo appreciates the community’s support during this challenging period.

The Greenville Zoo has always been dedicated to providing top-notch care for its animals, including African Lions like Saied. While it is never easy to lose a beloved member of their team, they understand that it is part of being responsible caretakers for these magnificent creatures. They are committed to continuing their work to provide a safe and healthy environment for all animals under their care while also honoring and remembering those who have left an indelible impact on their lives.

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