Zoo Boise’s male lion, Jabari, has been diagnosed with lymphoma, according to Zoo officials.
“Jabari is undergoing veterinary treatment and will not be outside in his exhibit most days,” said Zoo spokesperson Liz Littman. “Jabari had not been his normal self and was recently examined by the zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Holly Holman. It was during this exam that Jabari’s lymphoma was discovered. His prognosis is unclear at this time.”
Jabari arrived at Zoo Boise in 2008 with the opening of the African Plains Exhibit. He is fourteen years old and is part of a pride of three lions consisting of himself and two females.
Zoo Boise officials will update the public on Jabari’s condition as they know more.
Visitors to Zoo Boise’s free admission day on Saturday will unfortunately not be able to see Jabari on exhibit, Littman said.
“‘Claus ’n Paws’ is the Zoo’s day to thank the community for all of its support of the Zoo throughout the year, she added.
Admission is free for everyone; the Zoo is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; with the last admission at 4:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, animals at the Zoo will receive holiday gifts.
The two lionesses will receive theirs at 10:30 a.m. and will be on exhibit for the rest of the day.