'Kavi,' the Sumatran tiger that was a prime feature of Zoo Atlanta, was euthanized Wednesday as his health declined, and he was in bad shape with severe arthritis.
"Zoo Atlanta is saddened by the loss of Kavi, who was not only a special member of our family and a magnificent cat, but a representative of a critically endangered species," said Hayley Murphy, DVM, Vice President of Animal Divisions. "The fact that he lived such a long life is a great testament to the dedication and hard work of his care team, who shared a deep commitment to Kavi and to preserving his quality of life."
Kavi was born in 2001 at the Akron, Ohio Zoo, and came to Atlanta in 2006. Kavi fathered Sohni and Sanjiv, who were born to female Chelsea in 2011.
He moved to Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, where he also fathered two more cubs, in 2012. He returned to Zoo Atlanta in 2014.
Chelsea, 13, still lives at Zoo Atlanta. Their offspring, Sohni and Sanjiv, now live at other zoos.
These tigers are solitary in the wild, with males and females coming together only briefly for breeding.