Animal Deaths Shock Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Staff – Grieving Loss of Five Beloved Animals

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium is currently grappling with the loss of multiple animals, prompting zoo officials to address the situation in a recent press conference. Dr. Jeremy Goodman, the zoo’s president and CEO, revealed that the zoo typically experiences 15-25 animal deaths per year, with the recent death toll reaching five animals.

Goodman expressed deep sorrow over the losses, emphasizing the impact on both the staff and the zoo’s community. He highlighted the importance of acknowledging and sharing both joyful moments, such as births and milestones, as well as the somber realities of death and tragedy within the zoo.

The Pittsburgh Zoo has faced a series of recent losses, including the passing of Seahawk, an 18-year-old sea lion, who exhibited concerning behavior before his death. In addition, a two-year-old elephant named Tsuni succumbed to a prevalent and challenging disease known as elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus.

The zoo mourned the loss of Mrithi, a Silverback Western Lowland Gorilla, who passed away during a procedure to determine the cause of his symptoms. Another beloved animal, a red Panda named Kovu, died at the age of nine, while a six-year-old male African Lion named Kit faced complications due to material blocking his digestive system.

In response to the emotional toll of these losses, the zoo provided grief counselors to support the staff through this challenging time. As the community mourns the passing of these cherished animals, the zoo continues to prioritize the well-being of its team members and maintain transparency regarding the circumstances surrounding the deaths.