Kansas City Zoo’s oldest male lion, Dumisani, dead at 18

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Dumisani, the Kansas City Zoo's oldest male lion, passed away on July 24. (Photo: Kansas City Zoo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Staff of the Kansas City Zoo expressed sadness at the passing of the zoo’s oldest male lion, Dumisani, who died Thursday at the age of 18. The zoo said Dumisani arrived in Kansas City from the Indianapolis Zoo at 18 months old and lived his remaining 17-and-a-half years in Africa at the KC Zoo.

Dumisani was described as a favorite of the staff and guests alike, becoming an iconic figure according to a news release.

“He reminded me of a house cat until you saw him rip apart a bone or place his enormous paw on the window,” KC Zoo Executive Director and CEO Randy Wisthoff said.”He was memorable. We were lucky to have Dumisani as part of our zoo for so long. He will be missed.”

The release concluded by saying that Dumisani will be remembered for his laid-back “lover not a fighter” attitude, even though he could appear menacing when roughhousing with the other lions.

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