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When you are surrounded by so much life, there are sure to also be seasons of farewells.
This page is dedicated to the animals that have lived and thrived at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. The animals that have left footprints on all of our hearts, whose loss brings tears of sadness as well as tears of joy because of the beautiful lives that they led.
Loki joined the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park family on February 17, 2015, at the age of 4 years old. He arrived bonded to our female wolf Juno who was 2 years old. They were rescued from St. Louis, Missouri for being owned illegally as pets within city limits. The Texas Wolfdog Project brought them to us, and they have lived happily here. Loki was true to his name; he was spunky, naughty, silly, and mischievous. He kept the keepers on their toes, but also listened and often sat for the keepers at feeding times. Typically, wolves can live anywhere from 1 to 9 years out in the wild and can live 10 to 15 years in captivity. We are so happy that we could give Loki a relaxing life for 6 wonderful years. Our hearts were deeply saddened to say goodbye to him on July 23rd, 2021.
Lycan was born on February 7, 2010 and joined our family here at the Wildlife Park in August of 2012 from the state of Oklahoma. Before he came to us, he had been hit by a car leading to surgery and several rods and plates being placed inside of his back left leg. Typically, wolves can live anywhere from 1 to 9 years out in the wild and can live 10 to 15 years in captivity. We feel extremely lucky and blessed to have had Lycan with us for nine wonderful years.
Though he was part wolf, Lycan was a gentle and calm presence here at the Wildlife Park. He greeted his care team with a goofy grin and heart warming howl every morning. Toward the end of his life, he did slow down quite a bit, but continued to be such a sweet wolf excited for some tasty treats and a nice frolic with his packmates Loki and Juno. The end of Lycan’s life was filled with even more treats and love from our zookeepers. We knew that it was time to say goodbye when his quality of life went drastically downhill. Two of our keepers, Denise and Morgan, were with him as he crossed the rainbow bridge on July 12, 2021.
Sydney our Emu passed away December 26, 2020. We never knew how old Sydney truly was. He was the emu found running around Reservoir Hill behind the hot springs.
In the wilds of Australia, emu can live upwards of 10 to 20 years, but in captivity, they can live 25 to 35 years.
This picture is one of our favorites, he was such an amazing creature. Some may think that a bird would have no personality...how wrong that is. Sydney was the most loving and affectionate bird. He adored having a good beak, head, and neck rub; and was often seen snuggling one of his adoring zookeepers.
Dixie, the North American Porcupine, was one of the few animals at the Wildlife Park that actually came from the wild. We never truly knew how old she was but she joined us here on May 24, 2013.
Dixie came to be in our care because she unfortunately had been hit by a car that led to having her back left leg amputated. Being a 3 legged porcupine in the wild would have led to an early end. Porcupines need all of their legs to be able to climb trees to escape predators.
We said goodbye to Dixie on October 10, 2018.