Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cali, the jaguar at Elmwood Zoo, succumbs to lymphoma

Cali the jaguar at Elmwood Park Zoo was 18.
Cali the jaguar at Elmwood Park Zoo was 18.
Cali the jaguar at Elmwood Park Zoo was 18. Gallery: Cali, the jaguar at Elmwood Zoo, succumbs to lymphoma
NORRISTOWN Unable to conquer lymphoma, a jaguar at the Elmwood Park Zoo died Wednesday morning, zoo officials said Thursday.

Cali, an 18-year-old female spotted jaguar, was diagnosed with the disease last fall and had been receiving chemotherapy.

"Zoo staff witnessed a substantial decline in Cali's condition and made the decision to euthanize her Wednesday morning," according to a zoo statement.

She was born at a Florida nature park in 1995 and became an Elmwood resident the following year. The zoo, on Harding Boulevard, is in the middle of a capital campaign that would finance projects including a new jaguar exhibit.

"It's always difficult when you lose any animal. They're a part of our family," said Al Zone, the zoo's executive director and CEO. "Cali's passing is especially difficult because she's been a fixture here for close to 20 years. She was a magnificent creature, and we will miss her deeply."

Last year, a 19-year-old male jaguar at the zoo died of complications from kidney failure, the zoo said. - Carolyn Davis

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