Marwell Zoo announced the sad death of one of its cheetahs, Jabal, as well as its youngest scimitar-horned oryx calf, Belle, on social media earlier this week.
Jabal was born on 24 October 2012 at Landau Zoo, in Germany. He arrived at Marwell Zoo in August 2014, alongside his brother, Tano.
Carrie Arnold, Animal Team Leader for carnivores at Marwell Zoo, said: “Our seven-year-old male cheetah, Jabal, had been receiving veterinary treatment for the past month for kidney failure. Despite our best efforts, he was still losing weight and showed no sign of improvement and so we made the difficult decision to humanely euthanase him.
“His brother Tano will still be with us and we will continue to ensure his welfare is our top priority.”
Belle was born at Marwell Zoo on 27 October 2019 and passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, overnight.
Scimitar-horned oryx are one of the most threatened antelopes in the world, officially assessed as ‘extinct in the wild’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Post mortem tests will be carried out to establish the cause of her death.
Since the announcement was made, hundreds of people have been offering their condolences and support to the wildlife conservation charity, which own and operate Marwell Zoo, on its Facebook page.