NEW Zoo Mourns Rajan

We are heartbroken to let you know that we recently said goodbye to our bestest kitty floof, Rajan the snow leopard. Sixteen-year-old Rajan had been undergoing treatment for kidney disease since early February of 2022. Renal disease is a common illness seen in cats of many species, and although the disease can be managed for a time, there is no cure. Rajan’s treatments worked well for over a year and a half, but about a week ago, zookeepers noticed some subtle changes in Rajan’s behavior, including a decrease in appetite. A veterinary exam and tests revealed significant deterioration in his kidney function. Rajan’s appetite and energy levels continued to decrease, and after consultation with our veterinary staff, all his caretakers, and our animal welfare specialist, the decision was made to humanely euthanize Rajan this week.

Rajan had made his home at the NEW Zoo since May of 2019. His main caretaker tells us that Rajan was her most handsomest, favorite boy. Rajan wasn’t motivated by food like most cats, but instead he loved to hear “baby talk” telling him what a good, handsome floof he was during his training sessions. His favorite thing to do was enjoy scent enrichments – he LOVED cardamom the most, but cinnamon and nutmeg were also special favorites that he loved to roll around in and rub his face against.

We will miss him greatly and ask that you extend your condolences with us, especially to those on the Zoo team who knew and loved him best.

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