SAN ANTONIO — People at the San Antonio Zoo are mourning the loss of Kemala, a 12-year-old Sumatran tiger.

  • 12 years old
  • Sumatran tiger
  • Complications from sedation

According to the zoo, Kemala was undergoing a routine physical when she experienced complications with sedation. Zoo veterinarians ultimately decided to humanely euthanize her after assessing her worsening condition.

“Kemala was a dearly loved member of our San Antonio Zoo family who inspired visitors and staff alike,” said Tim Morrow, CEO and Executive Director of San Antonio Zoo. “Throughout this difficult situation our zoological department did everything possible including reaching out to and receiving additional assistance and resources from local veterinarians, pharmacists, and our partners at Methodist Hospital. We are appreciative of the tremendous support from the local medical community. Please keep our dedicated staff and in particular our Animal Care Specialists in your thoughts and prayers as our zoo family mourns the loss of Kemala.”

In 2013 Kemala gave birth to two female tigers, Diana and The Royal Ja’Malle. Both offspring currently reside at the San Antonio Zoo.