FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Managers at Fort Wayne’s zoo are mourning the loss of their longtime leopard. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo announced yesterday that Ussuri the leopard passed away last week. Zookeepers were trying to treat his cancer at the time, but they say the cat stopped breathing after a biopsy. Ussuri was 18-years-old, which is old for a big cat.
Zoo officials took to social media to share the following message to the community:
“We are sad to share that our elderly Amur leopard, Ussuri, died April 23. Ussuri came to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in January 2016 at the age of 15 with the intent that Fort Wayne would be a great retirement home for Ussuri. The median life expectancy for Amur leopards in the AZA SSP (species survival plan) is 18.1 years and Ussuri was 18.4.”