Moby the clouded leopard passes at Zoo Atlanta
Friday, March 22, 2013
Popular geriatric cat was euthanized on March 22
Moby, a 16-year-old male clouded leopard, passed on March 22, 2013, at Zoo Atlanta. The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams made the difficult decision to euthanize the geriatric cat following a sharp decline in his health and behavior. The Veterinary Team had been treating Moby for several months for age-related complications.
Born April 23, 1996, at Buffalo Zoo, Moby arrived in Atlanta in June 2004 from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, N.Y. Known for an elusiveness that mirrored that of his wild counterparts, Moby could usually be counted on to keep Members and guests on their toes as they searched for the secretive feline in his Complex Carnivores habitat. Sightings of the shy clouded leopard were impressive enough to make Moby one of the Zoo’s most popular residents.
“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.”
Largely due to the secrecy so characteristically displayed by Moby, little is known about clouded leopard populations in the wild. Native to Southeast Asia, the species is currently classified as vulnerable but faces declines as a result of habitat destruction and hunting for their skins. Two of the countries in their range, Borneo and Sumatra, are currently facing some of the most rapid rates of deforestation on the planet.
As is the case with all animal deaths regardless of age, a necropsy will be performed at Zoo Atlanta.