Denver Zoo mourns death of ‘Tawny,’ prepares for more loss
DENVER -- The Denver Zoo announced the loss of one of its most regal creatures Friday. And in the same statement, zoo officials seemed to be preparing themselves for more of the same. The primary purpose of Wednesday's press release was to announce the death of "Tawny," a female South African lion. The 15-year-old had been at the zoo since the opening of its Predator Ridge exhibit in 2004, and was hailed by zoo guests as "Mother of the Year" in 2005.