Hubert and Kalisa are longtime African lion partners in LA Zoo

Zoo officials said that after living a long life, L.A. Xu’s African lion companions Hubert and Kalisa have died.

At the age of 21, lions began to lose their quality of life after age-related health problems, LA Xue said in a news release.

Hubert and Kalisa share a strong bond, appearing for guests and staff over the last six years of their partner in LA Xu, Animal Program Director Beth Shaffer said.

“These lions were both simultaneously and differently charismatic, but they rarely differed from each other,” she said. “Their undivided attention was always on each other as they relaxed together, swagger and swagger.”

Although Hubert gave birth to 10 cubs in his life, he and Kalisa did not raise cubs together.

“This is a very difficult loss for our zoo community,” Alisa Bahar, curator of the Zoo of Mammals, said in a statement.

Hubert and Kalisa in 2017.

(Jamie Pham / La Zoo)

“In the early mornings, the staff would regularly hear Hubert’s wake-up roar, and I would personally miss hearing him on his walk around the grounds. You can’t think of Hubert without thinking about your partner, Kalisa. ; They are an inseparable couple of years. “

Hubert was born on February 7, 1999 at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and Kalissa was born on December 26, 1998 at the Oklahoma City Zoo. They eventually made their separate way at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, then moved to the LA Zoo together in 2014.

The lion lived the longest. According to zoo officials, most African lions in the wild live to their early teens, and those in captivity are on average 17 years old.

“Hubert and Kalisa are an iconic part of the La Joo experience, and our staff and guests have been touched by their loyal companions,” Zoo CEO Dennis Verrett said in a statement. “Their longevity is truly a testament to the level of specialist care provided by our veterinary and animal care teams to our elderly. These lions will remain a positive part of our history, and they will be greatly missed. “

Due to the reduction in hunting and the illegal trade of lion body parts for traditional medicine and other uses, African lions are considered unsafe. Less than 25,000 lions are believed to live in Africa.

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