Over the weekend, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium announced the death of one of its beloved creatures.
Kinshasa, the male mandrill, passed away at the ripe age of 22 years old, surpassing the median life expectancy of his breed by nearly a year. Animal Care and Animal Health staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him after this health declined rapidly due to several age-related disease processes.
Kinshasa came to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2017 where he became an “amazing” stepdad and best friend to Mosi.
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In a post on Facebook, the Columbus Zoo remembered Kinshasa for his “colorful looks,” “gentle nature,” and active lifestyle.
“Although our time with him was short, he had a lasting impact on all who knew him and was an amazing individual,” they wrote.
Kinshasa, we hope you are playing with your blue barrel and water-based, tempura paint that you loved so much.