Amanda, a 16-year-old mountain lion who had been a fixture at the Orange County Zoo, died Monday, county parks officials said. “Amanda was greatly beloved by staff, volunteers and zoo visitors. She will be greatly missed,” a statement the Orange County Parks website read Monday afternoon. She was found as an orphan cub in Amador County in Northern California. California Department of Fish and Wildlife couldn’t release her into the wild because she was too young to survive on her own, so she was housed at the Orange County Zoo, park officials stated. The Orange County Zoo is inside Irvine Regional Park and is a home for rescued animals native to the southwest desert. Many of the animals that arrive at the zoo are not released into the wild because of health or socialization issues, officials said. Amanda had back surgery in 2011 to fix a herniated disk. Despite being “quite an elderly cat to have such a procedure,” Amanda recovered well. Earlier this year, Amanda celebrated her 16th birthday with decorations in her enclosure and a special treat.