Zoo New England mourns beloved Bengal tiger, Anala

Zoo New England mourns beloved Bengal tiger Anala

A Boston zoo is mourning its beloved tiger who died earlier this week. Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo said Anala, a 17-year-old female tiger, died on Nov. 14. The tiger was being closely monitored after an exam in September revealed she was in kidney failure that was chronic and irreversible, the zoo said. “At 17 years old, Anala was a geriatric cat, and unfortunately kidney issues in a cat her age are not uncommon. In recent days, Anala’s health steadily declined, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her for quality of life reasons” Zoo New England said in a statement.“Anala was an incredible ambassador for her species, and we are deeply saddened to share the news of her passing,” said John Linehan, Zoo New England president and CEO. “She lived at Franklin Park Zoo for most of her life, and had such an incredible presence. In the many years that she lived here, her story helped us teach so many people about illegal wildlife trafficking, the human exploitation of tigers and the importance of protecting and preserving the incredible biodiversity on our planet.”When the Tiger Tales habitat opened in 2006, it marked the first time that tigers had been exhibited at Franklin Park Zoo in 30 years. Anala, a Bengal mix, and Luther, a white tiger who died in 2019 due to cancer, were both confiscated as young cubs by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents during a sting operation at a wildlife sanctuary that was attempting to sell them. “Franklin Park Zoo was happy to provide a home for these tigers, and through their story educate the public about illegal wildlife trafficking and unethical exploitation,” the zoo said in a statement.It is estimated that there are between 3,726 and 5,578 tigers in the wild worldwide, according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.Video: Intruder found outside Franklin Park Zoo’s tiger enclosure

A Boston zoo is mourning its beloved tiger who died earlier this week.

Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo said Anala, a 17-year-old female tiger, died on Nov. 14. The tiger was being closely monitored after an exam in September revealed she was in kidney failure that was chronic and irreversible, the zoo said.

“At 17 years old, Anala was a geriatric cat, and unfortunately kidney issues in a cat her age are not uncommon. In recent days, Anala’s health steadily declined, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her for quality of life reasons” Zoo New England said in a statement.

“Anala was an incredible ambassador for her species, and we are deeply saddened to share the news of her passing,” said John Linehan, Zoo New England president and CEO. “She lived at Franklin Park Zoo for most of her life, and had such an incredible presence. In the many years that she lived here, her story helped us teach so many people about illegal wildlife trafficking, the human exploitation of tigers and the importance of protecting and preserving the incredible biodiversity on our planet.”

When the Tiger Tales habitat opened in 2006, it marked the first time that tigers had been exhibited at Franklin Park Zoo in 30 years. Anala, a Bengal mix, and Luther, a white tiger who died in 2019 due to cancer, were both confiscated as young cubs by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents during a sting operation at a wildlife sanctuary that was attempting to sell them.

“Franklin Park Zoo was happy to provide a home for these tigers, and through their story educate the public about illegal wildlife trafficking and unethical exploitation,” the zoo said in a statement.

It is estimated that there are between 3,726 and 5,578 tigers in the wild worldwide, according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Video: Intruder found outside Franklin Park Zoo’s tiger enclosure