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Magnetic Hill Zoo announces passing of female jaguar

January 2, 2013


MONCTON – The City of Moncton’s Magnetic Hill Zoo staff is deeply saddened to announce that Morena, a female jaguar, was euthanized on New Year’s day, Tuesday, January 1, which was also her 21st birthday.

Morena came to Magnetic Hill Zoo on December 18, 1992 and had lived at the zoo ever since. Her death was age-related. On Sunday, December 30, she started to decline dramatically.  A veterinarian was brought in to attend to her and medicated her to make her more comfortable. Morena’s situation further worsened overnight and the decision was made to euthanize the morning of Tuesday, January 1. 

"Morena lived a very long and healthy life at our zoo until her death yesterday,” says Bruce Dougan, General Manager of the Magnetic Hill Zoo. “She came to us from the Oaklawn Farm Zoo in Aylesford, Nova Scotia. Since her arrival in 1992, she’s been a valued member of our collection and will be greatly missed.”

In captivity, jaguars can live up to their late teens or early 20’s. Morena lived twice the average lifespan of a jaguar in the wild. She is survived by her brother Azul, who is in good health.


Media Contacts:

Bruce Dougan
General Manager
Magnetic Hill Zoo

Mélanie Cécyre
Communications Officer
City of Moncton