Zoo Boise Sadly Announces Death of Amur Tiger


Zoo Boise is sad to report that Taiga, one of the zoo’s male Amur tigers, was euthanized yesterday.  Taiga’s health had quickly declined in the last few days and he had not responded to veterinary treatment. The gross necropsy revealed evidence of previously diagnosed chronic renal failure and large tumors in his spleen.  The poor prognosis, the decline in quality of life, and the advanced stage of his renal disease were the deciding factors in euthanizing the tiger. 

Taiga was 15 years old and came to Zoo Boise in 1999 from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, along with his brother, Tundra.  Amur tigers typically live 10-12 years in the wild and 12-18 years in zoos.  “The tigers are one of the most popular animals at Zoo Boise.  Everyone at the zoo is saddened by Taiga’s passing,” said Steve Burns, Zoo Boise’s Director.

Zoo Boise still has two tigers, Tundra and Katarina, a 9 year female, and there are no immediate plans to secure another tiger. 

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.  Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year round. For more information, see

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