The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (Zoo) is deeply saddened to announce the loss of Buddy, a 15-year-old grey wolf. Animal care and veterinary staff made the difficult decision to euthanize the geriatric wolf due to his declining health associated with his advanced age.
Buddy had been facing some geriatric health concerns including arthritis, kidney issues and failing vision. Staff had been closely monitoring and managing his comfort and care, but in recent months, Buddy’s condition declined significantly. Veterinary and animal care staff made careful adjustments to his medications and treatment plan to ensure Buddy’s comfort. However, his condition had progressed to the point that staff could no longer ensure his comfort and quality of life.
Buddy arrived at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo in 2007 and played an integral role in the educational programming at the Zoo inspiring guests, students and families to help conserve and protect this incredible species.
“Buddy loved to have visitors at the Zoo,” said Jeff Mitchell, Zoo Manager. “He would often come up to the glass to greet students and families with his unique whimper of excitement. He was an amazing ambassador for his species and will be missed by all who came to know him.”
The average life expectancy of a grey wolf is six to eight years in the wild and up to 15 years in zoological facilities. They grey wolf is classified as Least Concern on the endangered species list.
The Zoo has set up two commemorative signs outside the wolf exhibit at the Nutrien Ark. Everyone is welcome to write a message for Buddy, the signs will be on display until Tuesday, September 27.