Kansas City Zoo announces death of Dumisani, the zoo’s oldest male  lion

Dumisani, an icon of the Kansas City Zoo since his arrival in 1997, passed away at age 18 years old last week.Sad news from the Kansas City Zoo.

Dumisani, an icon of the Kansas City Zoo since his arrival in 1997, passed away at age 18 last week.

The African lion had been on exhibit at the zoo since his arrival from Indianapolis in 1997.

He leaves behind several offspring  that he produced with Jean: Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Jabari, Shakarri, Shangaza and Zuri.

“Dumisani. He reminded me of a house cat until you saw him rip apart a bone or place his enormous paw on the window. He was memorable. We were lucky to have Dumisani as a part of our zoo for so long. He will be missed,” Randy Wisthoff, the Kansas City Zoo’s Executive Director and CEO, said in a press release.

Even though Dumisani could look fierce when the other lions took over his lunch or moved him off his rock, zoo keepers will remember his laid-back personality and his “lover not a fighter” attitude.

Details of Dumisani’s death were not released.


Video: Dumisani at the Kansas City Zoo in 2009

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