The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson has sadly announced that their 21-year-old male mandrill named "DJ" passed away Nov. 26.
DJ was born at the Reid Park Zoo in August of 1991. He had a history of health concerns related to diabetes, arthritis and valley fever. These numerous issues were well managed until his health suddenly began to deteriorate several weeks prior to his death. When it became clear to Zoo staff members that DJ would no longer have a reasonable quality of life, they made the difficult decision to euthanize him.
"At 21 years old, he surpassed the median life expectancy of 19," stated Jim Schnormeier the Zoo's General Curator. "I am very proud of the quality of life our staff provided him, given his age and complicated medical history."
Mandrills are an endangered species native to Western Africa. The Reid Park Zoo participates in the Mandrill Species Survival Plan through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. There is one remaining Mandrill named "Cere" in the Zoo's collection. Zoo staff will work with the SSP to determine how Reid Park Zoo can best assist with the future of the mandrill program.
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