The Greenville Zoo has announced the passing of one of their African lions, Saied, at the age of 15. After a long battle with multiple health issues, including degenerative joint disease and neurological problems with his spine, Saied’s condition had worsened significantly and was affecting his quality of life.

The difficult decision to euthanize him was made after a discussion among zoo staff about his health. Saied and his brother Chuma had joined the Greenville Zoo from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia back in 2010. Saied was known as the dominant male of the pair, and staff will now follow Chuma as he adjusts to the loss of his brother.

The Greenville Zoo is deeply saddened by the loss of Syed, a beloved member of their zoo community. They appreciate the support and understanding of visitors and animal lovers during this difficult time. The zoo will provide updates as they develop plans to remember Sayed’s memory. Copyright 2024 VHNS. All rights reserved.

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