The oldest male lion at a Melbourne zoo has died after his health deteriorated in the past two week.
Werribee Open Range Zoo’s 15-year-old Johari died on Wednesday while under general anaesthetic for an examination to investigate the cause of his recent lethargy and anaemia.
An autopsy and independent peer review process will be done.
“There are many heavy hearts at Werribee today,” zoo director Glen Holland said in a statement.
“He leaves a legacy of 11 cubs, some of which will continue to contribute to the future of this species through our regional breeding program.”