Zoo New England announced today that Christopher the Lion has died. He was 21.
Christopher, born in Florida, had lived at Franklin Park since 2001 - and exceeded the average lifespan of a lion in captivity by more than four years.
In a statement, Zoo New England President John Linehan said:
He was an incredible ambassador for his species and people were drawn to his impressive roar, which could be heard throughout the zoo. Perhaps the only thing more impressive than his roar was his imposing physical presence. Christopher truly was the king of the Franklin Park Zoo.