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Saying goodbye to Satyrus

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Satyrus, a beloved ring-tailed lemur who captured the hearts of all who knew him. Museum animal care staff noticed behavioral changes in Satyrus, who, upon veterinary examination, was discovered to have a large liver mass. We made the difficult and responsible choice to euthanize him, and Satyrus passed away on September 11, 2023.

Born April 11, 1997, Satyrus has been a cherished member of our Museum since he arrived in 2005. His passing has left a void and a somber atmosphere within the organization and the community.

Satyrus’s caregivers first noticed a significant change in his behavior, prompting immediate concern. Recognizing the need for prompt action, our dedicated animal care team arranged for a thorough examination by our trusted veterinarian from NC State Veterinary Hospital. He was diagnosed with a large liver mass.

After careful consideration and following our ethical animal wellbeing standards, it was decided that the most compassionate course of action was to relieve Satyrus from any potential pain and suffering. He was euthanized peacefully, surrounded by the familiar faces of his dedicated caretakers.

“Satyrus was not just an animal under our care; he was a part of our family,” said Sherry Samuels, our Senior Director of Animal Care. “His presence brought joy to countless visitors who had the privilege of viewing and getting to know him. His passing deeply saddens us, but we take solace in knowing we provided him with the best possible care and a dignified farewell.”

Satyrus’s legacy lives on in the countless memories he created with visitors, volunteers, and staff members alike. His engaging personality made him an ambassador for his species and a symbol of conservation efforts’ importance in protecting lemurs in their natural habitat.

The Museum remains committed to the wellbeing of all the animals in our care, and we are grateful for the continued support of our community during this difficult time. He will be deeply missed.