Posts Tagged ‘Aging’

Zoo animals’ twilight years pose new questions

June 23, 2008

We’ve highlighted people spending gobs on medical bills for their baby-boomer pets. Now the nation’s zoos are entering a “zone of unknowns” as animals live longer than anyone expected, the Associated Press reports.

While animals in captivity living longer than their wild brethren is nothing new, as that gap in life expectancy increases — partly due to better medical care — there have been some adjustments.

The Santa Ana Zoo, for instance, is home to Moka, a colobus monkey pushing 27 years old, making him the second-oldest in the United States:

For Moka, old age has meant only a few minor changes. His perch has been lowered so he doesn’t have to jump up to it. He gets regular X-rays to check for arthritis. And he tends to get access to warm areas during the winter.

But the aging population of America’s zoos is raising many other simple –- but potentially daunting –- questions.

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