MONROE, La. (KTVE)– Basha, the female lion at the Monroe zoo, has passed away.
Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo Director Joe Clawson issued the following statement regarding the lioness’s passing.
“We are sad to report that Basha the lioness, who has been a star at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for twenty years, has passed away. The exact cause of death will be determined in a necropsy. Basha was 22-years-old and she was born and raised in captivity. The typical lifespan for a lioness in captivity is 16 to 20 years. The zoo will begin an immediate search to find a new companion for our male lion Rocco.”