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Zoo Says Goodbye to Moose the African Painted Dog

Moose was humanely euthanized due to age-related health issues.

Jan. 8, 2020 - The ABQ BioPark is sad to announce the passing of Moose the African painted dog. Moose was humanely euthanized due to the impacts of age-related health issues, including kidney failure. At 13 years old, Moose exceeded the species’ average lifespan of up to 11 years in human care.      

Moose had been part of the Zoo family since 2009 when he arrived from The Wilds in Ohio. For the last two years he had been living with Cheza, a female African painted dog. BioPark staff currently is working with the African painted dog Species Survival Plan to find some companions for Cheza since they are social carnivores and form tight-knit family groups.

Moose will be missed by staff and especially by Cheza, with whom he had developed a strong bond. The two were often seen sleeping together and playing chase around the exhibit. Cheza’s caregivers will be giving her extra attention and enrichment while she waits for her new companions.