Apollo the African Lion Euthanized at Honolulu Zoo-22-Year-Old Lion Was Suffering from a Variety of Health Problems

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Apollo, the African lion that resided at the Honolulu Zoo for more than 21 years, was euthanized on Tuesday (August 7) morning.

Apollo was nearly 22 years old. He had kidney failure, arthritis, and extreme weakness from muscle atrophy. His deteriorating health led zoo officials to the decision to end his suffering.


Apollo was born in October 1985 at an animal facility in Quebec, Canada. He arrived at the Honolulu Zoo on April 17, 1986. His pride consisted of two female lions. His genetic line was well-represented in the captive population and he never sired any offspring.

Lions live about 15 years in the wild. However, they can live well into their 20s in captivity because of the availability of medical treatment and a healthy diet.

Apollo thrilled many visitors, as well as residents in the neighborhood, by declaring his territory with mighty roars every morning and evening. He