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Dallas Zoo Mourns Loss of Paul the Tiger
Jun 9, 2011

The Dallas Zoo today announced the passing of long-time resident Paul, a Sumatran tiger.  Paul was 19, an advanced age for tigers.  He underwent a routine medical procedure yesterday, and failed to recover from the anesthesia.  He had suffered from age-related complications for some time according to Dallas Zoo veterinarian, Dr. Tim Storms.  Tigers rarely live beyond 20 years in captivity.

“Paul was born at the National Zoo on March 15, 1992.  He lived at the Detroit Zoo for a while before coming to the Dallas Zoo in January 1999 and has called the Dallas Zoo home ever since,” said Dr. Lynn Kramer, deputy director for animal conservation and science.  “Paul passed away yesterday when he failed to recover from anesthesia. He will be greatly missed by the staff and guests.”

“Paul helped usher in a decade of new and exciting changes for ZooNorth. Paul and Sasha, both Sumatran tigers, arrived in 1999 to open the Endangered Tiger Habitat.  Paul enjoyed all the features his $4.5 million home,” said Linda King, mammal supervisor at the Dallas Zoo.  “He could often be found soaking in the large pool on a warm day or resting in the shade just below the main viewing building.  He loved spending nights outdoors, swimming in the smaller pools, and lounging on benches.  Loud and fierce in the beginning, he mellowed over the years and became the diplomat of the building. He tolerated two sets of young tigers moving in to share his space until they grew up and moved on.  He and Sasha still visited (vocalized) daily.  The only thing he would not share was his favorite enrichment item — his pony kegs.  He defended them for 12 years from every other cat in the building.”

Guests who wish to leave a message for Paul and his keepers are welcome to leave notes in memoriam at the Dallas Zoo’s main administration building at the entrance to ZooNorth.

With the passing of Paul, the Dallas Zoo is left with three tigers.