Ana, Akron Zoo’s golden lion tamarin, has died

October 1, 2018

Ana, Akron Zoo’s golden lion tamarin, has died

AKRON, Ohio – Ana, the Akron Zoo’s golden lion tamarin, has died.

The 14-year old tamarin had been battling chronic pneumonia, which caused severe breathing difficulty. The zoo’s vets euthanized her Thursday after she stopped responding to treatment.

Ana was born at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle on June 4, 2004 and came to the Akron Zoo in 2008. Her brother, Rio, will remain in the rainforest habitat in the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom Education Center.

Ana, who weighed about 1.25 pounds, underwent successful cataract surgery in 2017. The surgery attracted media attention because it was believed to be the first cataract surgery on a primate so small. Because normal surgical instruments were too large, Akron Zoo staff worked with veterinary ophthalmologists at VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists, and Clear Choice Laser Center and the Cleveland Eye Clinic, to improvise devices to complete the procedure.

Although the surgery was considered successful, Ana never fully regained her eyesight. So, the zoo staff created a modified bedroom for her and trained her to rely on hearing and touch to move around her bedroom.

Golden lion tamarins, indigenous to South America, are endangered as deforestation destroys their habitat. At the zoo, they are cared for under a Special Survival program. The Akron Zoo is one of only about 230 animal-holding facilities in the United States that is accredited to participate in Species Survival Plan programs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Out of 227 species of animals at the Akron Zoo, 50 are under survival plans.

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