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The Honolulu Zoo is saddened to report the loss today of Ethel Louise and Samantha, its two female African lions. These sisters, who were nearly 23 years old, were humanely euthanized due to multiple health problems associated with advanced age.
Ethel and Samantha were born on April 3rd, 1986 at the Wild Wilderness Zoo in Gentry,
Zoo officials are expecting to obtain a male lion within the next month from the
It is currently estimated that the wild population of African lions has decreased dramatically over the last twenty years. Lions in the wild number approximately 25,000, compared to over 200,000 in the early 1980ís.
For more information on what the Honolulu Zoo and the Lion Species Survival Plan is doing to restore the lion population, visit www.aza.org