The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
It’s usually the lifeline of the Greek economy, but the economic crisis and political instability are taking a toll on the country’s tourism industry.
Officials say potential visitors are even calling and asking whether there will be enough food for them. The BBC’s Mark Lowen visited the usually busy island of Zakynthos and found hotels that are nearly empty.