Naples Zoo

Published: Dec 31, 2013 3:27 PM EST
Updated: Dec 31, 2013 3:36 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla.- The Naples Zoo announced today that their beloved 16.8-year-old African lion, Tsavo, was humanely euthanized, after months of declining health.

Tsavo arrived at the Naples Zoo as a cub in 1997. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's (AZA) Population Management Center, the life expectancy for lions 16.8 years.

Tsavo's mate, Kenya, remains on exhibit, as does a breeding pair of South African lions. Tsavo and Kenya never bred at the Naples Zoo and there was no recommendation from AZA to do so.