One of the four lion cubs born at Reid Park Zoo in December 2013 died this week from issues related to valley fever and kidney disease. The University of Arizona, in partnership with Zoo veterinarians, conducted a full necropsy, which revealed that Bakko had significant inflammation and ulceration throughout his stomach. Further results are pending tissue sample tests.
“Reid Park Zoo is committed to the health and welfare of its animals, and while we are saddened by the loss of Bakko, our community should take comfort and pride in knowing that our staff made every effort to treat this animal,” said Zoo Administrator Jason Jacobs. “Several times over the past week we had supervisors and keepers checking in on this lion 24 hours a day. In fact, he passed while we were preparing to perform open exploratory surgery on him.”
Bakko’s death leaves Reid Park Zoo with five lions.