Lifestyle Pets Chicago Zoo's Lone Male Lion Dies at Age 9 While Staying at Kansas Zoo The animal exhibited some abnormal behaviors the day before his death, but nothing doctors deemed suspicious By Kate Hogan Kate Hogan Instagram Twitter Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 30, 2019 05:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Rolling Hills Zoo/ Facebook Chicago lost an icon last week. Sahar, the sole male lion at the city’s Lincoln Park Zoo, died in Kansas overnight Thursday, according to Block Club Chicago. The animal had been moved to the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Kansas, in June while his Chicago habitat received an upgrade. As noted in a Facebook post from the Rolling Hills Zoo, the 9-year-old exhibited some behavioral changes last Thursday, though a physical performed that day ruled out any abnormalities. However, he died sometime that night. A necropsy will be performed this week. The lion, born on Jan. 27, 2010, at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, had relocated to Kansas with the Lincoln Park Zoo’s two female lions, Kamali and Zalika. In a Facebook tribute to the animal, the Rolling Hills Zoo staff called Kamali Sahar’s “favorite,” and said she was “by his side wherever he was in the yard.” “Sahar could be seen out in the lion exhibit watching over the pride as well as visitors from a high spot on the rocks, lounging under the shade structure or napping in the yard,” staffers wrote. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Flincolnparkzoo%2Fposts%2F10156661977222742&width=500 In a Facebook post from the “heartbroken” Lincoln Park Zoo staff, keepers shared that Sahar came to Chicago in 2012, and “spent his years here growing into his mane and learning to be a pride member. He is loved by so many of our staff, members, volunteers, and Chicagoans.” According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, male lions in zoos can live into their late teens, or even early 20s. In the wild, the animal’s life expectancy is closer to 12 years.