ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta's oldest male African lion passed away Monday.

Farasi, 22, was euthanized after zoo officials determined his age was compromising his quality of life.

"Farasi was a very special member of the Zoo Atlanta family," Zoo Atlanta deputy director Dr. Dwight Lawson said in a statement. "We're all saddened by his loss, but we're fortunate to have shared just a portion of his long and colorful life."

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The lion was born Sept. 9, 1990 in South Africa and was on display at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park before being transferred to Atlanta in June 2000.

Zoo patrons may best remember Farasi for his trademark roar, which could often be heard echoing through the park.

The zoo plans to perform a necropsy on Farasi, as they do with every animal that passes away.

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