Understanding and Coping with Nature’s Course

December 5, 2019

Writer Haruki Murakami once said, “Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.” We all understand this, but it doesn’t make deaths any easier, particularly here at Seneca Park Zoo.

Each time we announce an animal death, we are overwhelmed by the amazing support of the community who pass along favorite memories, and their condolences to Zoo staff, often a particular keeper who they have met here at the Zoo.

But we also receive questions. Over the course of a year or two, it can feel overwhelming, and people inevitably ask questions about whether any of the deaths could be prevented, or if there are systemic issues that are leading to the deaths.

David Andreatta, Editor of City Newspaper, recently asked some of those questions.  He provided a thorough perspective on the topic that is worth a read and can be found at the link below.