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Sad News 

It is with great sadness that the staff of Riverview Park and Zoo announce the death of our male Bactrian camel. Gobi came to the Park and Zoo from the Elmvale Zoo in the summer of 2009. With his large size, expressive face, and inquisitive and engaging nature, Gobi was a favourite with many of our visitors.

Gobi had been in good health and his death was both sudden and unexpected. He was found to be very ill when Animal Care Staff arrived on Saturday morning. The Park and Zoo’s Consulting Veterinarian and Animal Health Team provided treatment and care throughout the day but unfortunately Gobi died overnight Saturday night. Although he could be challenging to manage at times, Park and Zoo employees had formed a close bond with Gobi. His sudden death was an especially difficult loss for staff.

Gobi died overnight on the evening of Saturday March 23rd. He was ten years old. His remains have been sent to the Animal Health Laboratory at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph for determination of the cause of death.

We would like to thank our staff, staff from the Water Treatment Plant, and Dr. John Sallaway for their assistance in responding to Gobi’s sudden illness.


Gobi The Bactrian Camel with a Winter Coat