Cheetah Draco euthanized
We are very sad to announce that 8-year-old cheetah Draco was humanely euthanized this morning. As we’ve shared with you, our keepers have worked tirelessly for several months to increase Draco’s appetite and get him to eat on his own. In order to ensure Draco received the nutrients he needed, keepers and Zoo nutritionists placed meat chunks on a modified tool to interest Draco in the food. Often, it took several feeding sessions throughout the day to entice him to eat. Although Draco initially responded well to the staff’s efforts, his appetite never returned to normal. An exploratory surgery Dec. 14 with a consulting veterinary surgeon revealed a constricted, ulcerated area in his gastrointestinal tract, which likely contributed to his poor condition. His declining appetite and increasing health issues severely decreased his quality of life.