Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

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Chadwick the Lion (Photo: David Orias)

By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara Zoo announced the passing of their lion Chadwick Thursday morning.

At 21-years-old Chadwick was considered elderly and passed due to complications related to old age, reports the zoo. He lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo for nearly 17 years.

Chadwick was a geriatric lion who dealt with age-related health issues for several years and outlived the mean life expectancy by almost 5 years. Due to increasing concerns, Zoo staff made the difficult decision to say goodbye, the zoo said in a statement.

"At 21 years old, Chadwick touched the hearts of countless individuals. We'll miss his regal presence, trademark roar, and of course, seeing him perched on his rock overlooking the ocean," the zoo said.

Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

Photo: David Orias
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biguglystick Dec 06, 2019 03:14 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

Ohhh, Chadwick. Was he the same lion who used to pee on people? I loved that. Ha ha! Poor Chadwick, what a handsome guy. I love lions so very much.

FernaldPoint93108 Dec 06, 2019 06:00 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

Very sad. Chadwick was sleeping almost every time we were there but now and then we got a real treat when he was active.

giftedinSB Dec 05, 2019 04:21 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

This is very sad, and it has been a rough year for the zoo in terms of their big cats. RIP Chadwick.

Factotum Dec 05, 2019 03:31 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

Think of all the animal lives that were saved since this "king of the jungle" was not free-ranging his dinner every night. Thank you SB Zoo for giving him a far better and longer life and allowing so many others to live that would have been on his menu.

a-1593684443 Dec 07, 2019 12:20 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

Lionesses do the majority of the hunting. Male lions are built for fighting and protecting their females, cubs and territory. It’s a sin and a crime to imprison these magnificent beasts. There is no excuse for such cruelty.

a-1593684443 Dec 05, 2019 03:09 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

When people coming out of the zoo were polled about what they had learned, answers were along the lines of "The gorilla was very hairy." Keeping animals locked up and destroying their happiness by removing them from natural lives is not doing them any favors. Incarceration of innocent animals certainly is not educating people on how to keep these animals from being poached or killed by trophy hunters. Zoos must be abolished.

ChillinGrillin Dec 05, 2019 02:41 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

RIP Chadwick. You were a regal ambassador who showed future generations the importance of saving your kingdom.

SBArts Dec 05, 2019 12:25 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

Blessings to the late Chad Dreier (whom Chadwick was named after) and the entire Dreier family for all they have done for our zoo. RIP dear Chadwick.

Roger Dec 05, 2019 12:25 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

"Seeing him perched on his rock overlooking the ocean in a cage" I hope he is laying on the beach next to the ocean now...

a-1593684443 Dec 05, 2019 12:18 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo Lion Passes at 21

Please do not replace large cats in this tiny zoo. It is tragically sad to see such creatures in spaces smaller than hotel rooms these days.

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