Columbus Zoo euthanizes mandrill whose health was ‘rapidly declining’

Doug the mandrill (CREDIT: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)

POWELL, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Wednesday that they had to euthanize a member of their animal family, a mandrill named Doug.

Doug was 22 1/2 years old, exceeding the life expectancy of 21.1 years for mandrills in accredited facilities. He came to Columbus from Jacksonville in 2013. The zoo says he fathered two sons while in Columbus and “was a patient and protective father.”

The zoo says the primate’s health had been rapidly declining.

Doug also painted and created many pieces to raise funds for conservation. The zoo says his “greetings and welcome grin will be deeply missed.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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