The Chattanooga Zoo has announced the passing of Chafua the meerkat. 

At the age of 15 years old, she had exceeded the average lifespan of 12-14 years for meerkats. 

The zoo says as her health and quality of life declined, the difficult decision was made by the staff to humanely euthanize her.

Chafua was the leader of the Chattanooga Zoo's meerkat mob and was the alpha female. Her keepers say she loved to play and hide in different tunnels. Her favorite treat was peanut butter.

The zoo thanks the public for their support during this difficult time.