Oldest Himalayan tahr passes away at Akron Zoo


The Akron Zoo is sad to share the passing of their Himalayan tahr, Amanda. At 20 years old, Amanda was the oldest Himalayan tahr on record in North America and the third oldest tahr globally. 

Amanda’s care team noticed a decline in her health recently and our vet team performed a full exam, which confirmed the progression of several age-related conditions. The difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize her. 

Amanda was born on June 13, 2001 at the Bronx Zoo. She moved to the Akron Zoo in 2005. Amanda was the last remaining Himalayan tahr at the Akron Zoo after the passing of fellow tahr, Ripley, earlier this summer due to cancer. At 19 years old, Ripley was the seventh oldest tahr on record in the international population at the time of her death.    

“Amanda and Ripley will be missed by their Akron Zoo family,” said Doug Piekarz, president & CEO at the Akron Zoo. “Thank you to every staff member who helped contribute to their long lives. The Himalayan tahr will be greatly missed.” 

Akron Zoo is reviewing options for the future of the tahr habitat and an announcement will be made at a later date.