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KC Zoo's oldest male lion dies

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The Kansas City Zoo is mourning the loss of Dumisani, their oldest male lion. He passed away at the age of 18 years old.

From the zoo:

"Dumisani was a good ole boy, he was a Zoo icon, a favorite of staff and guests. Dumisani, the Zoo's eldest male lion, passed away today. Arriving at the Zoo from the Indianapolis Zoo in 1997 at 18 months old, he lived a full 17 1/2 years in Africa at the Kansas City Zoo with his pride -- literally his "pride."'

"In 2001, Jean, who came to the Zoo direct from Africa in September 1998, had two male cubs, Mufasa and Simba and a female, Nala, with Dumisani. A second litter with Jean arrived in 2005 providing the Zoo three more male cubs and another female cub. This second litter received Swahili names chosen by Zoo supporters during a contest. The boys are Jabari (brave), Shakarri (great hunter), Shangaza (surprise), and the girl is Zuri (beautiful). Donna, another female who arrived with Jean in 1998, is also part of this lion pride."

"Randy Wisthoff, the Zoo's Executive Director and CEO, commented, "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."'

"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."

Dumisani will be remembered by many for his large thick mane and the 17 and a half years he spent at the zoo.

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