San Francisco, CA – Staff at the San Francisco Zoo is mourning the loss of an African lioness named Sukari. According to the zoo, the 20-year-old lion died from splenic lymphoma.
In a social media post, the zoo described Sukari as “stoic,” but stated that she would “melt your heart” after you got to know her. The zoo outlined her favorite things and commended her for being an incredible ambassador:
Sukari loved horse shanks, pork loin and goat’s milk and loved to play soccer with her indestructible boomer balls, playing in the habitat’s moated area and slamming the balls against the walls. She was an incredible ambassador who helped educate our guests on the importance of lion conservation and her legacy will live on here at #SFZoo with son, Jasiri. She will be missed.
Sukari was born in 2002 and came to live at the San Francisco Zoo in 2009. She had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for her cancer since October.
Rest in peace Sukari.
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