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Zoo Boise is Sad to Report Death of Amur Leopard

3/17/2014

Zoo Boise is saddened to report that Nadia, the zoo’s Amur leopard, was euthanized on March 17.  Nadia’s health had quickly declined in the last few days and she had not responded to veterinary treatment. She had previously been diagnosed two years ago with chronic renal failure.  The poor prognosis and the advanced stage of her renal disease were the deciding factors in euthanizing the leopard. 

Nadia was nearly 19 years old and came to Zoo Boise in 1998.  Amur leopards typically live 10-15 years in the wild and the median age in zoos is 18 years.  “Nadia’s quality of life had declined to the point where euthanasia was the proper thing to do.  The Amur leopard has been one of the most popular animals at Zoo Boise.  Everyone at the zoo is very saddened by her passing,” said Steve Burns, Zoo Boise’s Director.  It will take several weeks to get the full results of the necropsy. 

The zoo will work with the Amur leopard Species Survival Plan, a program of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, and will assess the zoo’s current animal collection before making any decisions about getting another leopard.

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a national organization that supports excellence in animal care, conservation, education and science.  

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