Behind the scenes with Tiberius

Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the first wellness exam for Tiberius, our 20-month-old, 270-pound African male lion.

After a friendly, hand-delivered injection of anesthetic on exhibit, Seneca Park Zoo staff drove an anesthetized Tiberius in the back of a truck to the Zoo’s Animal Hospital. Zoo veterinary staff were joined by Dr. Karl Schwarz, Professor and Director of the University of Rochester Echocardiography Laboratory, to perform a routine physical examination, which included a head-to-toe assessment, blood sampling and a baseline echocardiogram.

Tiberius received a clean bill of health. We can now feel confident in sending him to his new home to start his family. Combining experts in human and veterinary medicine helped Tiberius benefit from the best of both specialties, demonstrating the interconnectedness of human and animal health.

– Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Director of Animal Health and Conservation