Buffalo Zoo Announces Death of Female Tiger, Tamari

June 3, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Buffalo Zoo officials have announced the passing of their female tiger. This was their statement on their Facebook Page Monday afternoon.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we start Monday off with some very sad news. Over the weekend we said goodbye to our 11-year-old female Amur tiger, Tamari who passed away on Saturday. Tamari was being treated for a chronic gastrointestinal illness for several years and over the past few days became less responsive to treatment. When our veterinary staff examined her, they discovered that she had significant masses in her body. Tamari has had a cancerous growth successfully removed before and considering that she has a strong family history of cancer, the Buffalo Zoo veterinary staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her.

Tamari was born here at the Buffalo Zoo in 2007 to mother, Sungari and father, Toma. She was a favorite amongst guests and staff alike and will be remembered for her bold personality. She loved to swim in the rain, roll around in cinnamon scents and she was always watchful of her surroundings.”

They’ve asked folks to share their memories of Tamari.


Photos courtesy Buffalo Zoo


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