San Diego Zoo’s 15-year-old lion, M’bari, dies

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Zoo’s 15-year-old lion, M’bari, has died, the park announced Wednesday.

M’bari had been under vet care for “age-related issues,” according to zoo officials. “In recent days, his condition had steadily worsened, despite attempts by animal care staff to modify his habitat to make him more comfortable … Animal care staff made the difficult decision to euthanize him.”

The zoo called M’bari a “majestic lion” that guests could often see rleaxing with his mate, Etosha, in a habitat at the zoo’s Elephant Odyssey area. His morning and late afternoon roars could be heard throughout the zoo.

M’bari’s death was met with an outpouring of love and fond memories on the zoo’s social media pages.

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