Moby, a 16-year-old clouded leopard at Zoo Atlanta, was euthanized Friday following what the zoo described as a "sharp decline in his health and behavior."
Moby received treatment for the last several months for his age-related complications, the zoo described in a release.
Moby would have been 17 on April 23. He was born in captivity at the Buffalo Zoo and arrived to the Atlanta Zoo from Seneca Park Zoo in June 2004.
Because Moby was rarely seen in his Complex Carnivores area, it was a treat for visitors to actually get a glimpse of him. Moby was the zoo's solitary clouded leopard.
Clouded Leopards are native to southeast Asia and are classified as vulnerable, but are seeing large declines due to increasing deforestation rates, especially in Borneo and Sumatra.
“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Moby. He was what we might call a fan favorite here at Zoo Atlanta,” said Dwight Lawson, PhD, Deputy Director. “We commend the persistence and dedication of his caregivers and veterinarians, who have worked tirelessly to ensure his quality of life over the past several months.”