A somber atmosphere overcame the Sanctuary early yesterday morning, and we truly wish that we didn't have to bring you the news that Domino passed away the other night. Domino was 20 years old and one of the most beloved animals living at the Sanctuary. One of the "originals," Domino has been part of our family since the very beginning when he arrived in 1993 at just two months old. Since then, he has been a favorite among our loyal supporters, and we know that many of you have come to know and truly love this magnificent cat. We are sure that you will stand alongside us as we lament for this remarkable jaguar.
Domino had a presence about him that could command attention, and once he had it, he had no problem keeping it. He was a breathtaking animal to see, with some of the most piercing eyes we've ever seen. He was a proud cat, always sure to let visitors know that his space was his. Domino's trust was difficult to gain, but the handful of people who shared a special bond with him, know that it was worth working for. We treasure the moments we spent watching Domino carry his favorite firehose ball around his habitat and relax so peacefully in the sun on his high perch, and those rare occasions when we caught a glimpse of him playing in his pool are memories will never forget.
While initial results based on a necropsy indicate that the cause of death was liver failure, we will be sure to keep you all updated on any additional findings, as we know how much you all cared for Domino.
Thank you all for the support that you have had for Domino over the years. In all honesty, it has always been truly heartwarming to see the outpouring of love Domino would receive upon each photo update, tour visit, and experience with him. It is so evident that Domino was loved during his time here by both staff and supporters, and we can only hope that Domino felt this affection.
We will always miss Domino and love him dearly.
IEAS will not be the same without him.
1993 - 2013