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Sabu the elephant arrives at PAWS compound

2010-10-08 - San Andreas, United States. Cynthia Hubert

Big news from the Performing Animal Welfare Society: Sabu, a seven-ton Asian bull elephant, has arrived at the organization´s ARK 2000 compound. A retiree from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, he is the largest captive elephant in North America, said Pat Derby, PAWS president. Sabu joins his brother Nicholas, who came to ARK 2000 five years ago. "Sabu is a big, big boy, and so beautiful," Derby said of the 28-year-old elephant.


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PAWS founders Pat Derby, left, and Ed Stewart, right, flank elephant expert Dr. Joyce Poole Saturday at ARK 2000

Talk to the animals

2008-11-19 - San Andreas, United States. Mike Taylor

Exactly how a five-ton animal communicates with its friends and family came into focus as an expert visited San Andreas. Dr. Joyce Poole-who has lived with elephants in Africa's savannah for more than 27 years-described her experiences to more than 100 people Saturday at ARK 2000, the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary. She recounted her time spent working on the Amboseli Elephant Research Project at Amboseli National Park in Kenya, a 57-square-mile park near Mount Kilimanjaro.


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PAWS Agrees to Build Permanent Home for Seized Bull Elephant, Ned

2008-11-12 - San Andreas, United States.

On Saturday, November 8, Ned, a severely underweight 21-year-old captive born, male Asian elephant, was confiscated by the USDA. PAWS has agreed to provide a permanent home for Ned as soon as he is strong enough to make the trip to California. An expansion of the existing bull elephant barn and habitat at ARK 2000 will begin immediately. Ned will occupy the Galt sanctuary’s bull elephant area until construction is complete in San Andreas.


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Paws elephant, 71.

Necropsy shows PAWS elephant had pancreatitis

2008-09-29 - San Andreas, United States. Mike Taylor

Preliminary results from a necropsy performed Sept. 21 indicate that 71, a poster elephant for the Performing Animal Welfare Society, died from pancreatitis. The pachyderm had lived at two PAWS facilities since 1986 and suffered from frequent bouts with colic. 71 died Sept. 19 at the ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas. “Colic is fairly common in African elephants,” PAWS co-director Ed Stewart said. He said from her first days with he and co-director Pat Derby, 71 was battling one illn...


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PAWS elephant likely died of inflamed pancreas

2008-09-23 - San Andreas, United States. Jennifer K. Morita

A 26-year-old African elephant at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's San Andreas sanctuary died from chronic pancreatitis, according to preliminary necropsy results. Pathologists from the University of California at Davis laboratory in San Bernardino told PAWS officials that the female elephant, who died Friday, had an inflamed pancreas that was likely a result of early medical problems. The elephant was named "71" for the tag number she was assigned when captured as a baby in Africa.


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PAWS reports death of 26-year-old elephant

2008-09-21 - San Andreas, United States. Jennifer Morita

A 26-year-old African elephant that once had been slated to be sold to a circus died Friday at the Performing Animal Welfare Society's sanctuary in San Andreas. Named 71 for the tag number she was assigned when captured as a baby, the elephant was shipped to the United States where she was purchased by a Florida man and later taken in by PAWS founders Pat Derby and Ed Stewart. When she arrived at PAWS in 1986, 71 was malnourished and chronically sick. Handlers had to sleep with her and bottle fe...


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Pat Derby, a founder and director of the Performing Animal Welfare.

Alaska zoo expatriate thriving in elephant heaven. Maggie now lives with other pachyderms at state facility

2008-09-11 - San Andreas, United States. MEGAN HOLLAND

A year into her new life roaming a California sanctuary with other elephants, Alaska's favorite expat shows every sign of enjoying it. She trumpets, knocks down trees and calls for her companions when they wander too far, say her new keepers. "She's the comedian of the crowd," said Pat Derby, president of the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary. "She's Ms. Personality." The facility, 50 miles southeast of Sacramento, offers Maggie three companions and 75 acres to roam. It's a stark contr...


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Winky the Elephant Dies at Animal Sanctuary

2008-04-07 - San Andreas, United States. Elizabeth Bishop

Winky the elephant who lived at the Sacramento Zoo for nearly 40 years died early this morning at the PAWS sanctuary in San Andreas, according to a PAWS spokeswoman. Winky had been suffering from joint problems. Over the weekend, she had slid to her hind quarters and could not get up. Attempts were made to save her life, but she could not stand so veterinarians decided to euthanize her. Winky was born in 1952 and was one of the oldest elephants in the U.S. She had lived at the Sacramento Zoo unt...


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Maggie takes a walk at the San Andreas, Calif., sanctuary where she lives now.

Maggie"s poised to join the girls. Elephant sanctuary doesn"t want first encounter to be a mud-wrestling event.

2008-02-05 - San Andreas, United States.

Maggie is ready to join the gang. And the gang is ready for her. Now if it would just stop raining. Mud is the only thing keeping the fence up between Maggie and the four other African elephants at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in northern California. Pat Derby, founder of the sanctuary, said near-record rainfall in San Andreas has soaked the grounds where Maggie and the other elephants hang out during the day. Generally, that's not bad for the elephants, which according to upd...


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Maggie takes a walk at the San Andreas, Calif., sanctuary where she lives now.

Maggie joins California culture with her sunshine workouts. Hill walks are part of shaping up to socialize.

2007-11-27 - San Andreas, United States. BETH BRAGG

About the only thing keeping Alaska's favorite ex-pat from mixing it up with those elephants on the other side of the fence is a little muscle. With that fitness goal in mind, we bring you Maggie's 10-minute workout video. It's not quite Carmen Electra on a pole. But fans of Maggie will crack a smile, if not break a sweat, watching the latest video from the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif., where Alaska's lone elephant took up residency at the beginning of the m...


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Elephants a big hit at stomp in San Andreas

2007-10-22 - San Andreas, United States. LENORE RUTHERFORD

More than 500 people paid $100 each to watch elephants play and tour Ark 2000, the 2,300-acre exotic animal sanctuary complex near San Andreas. A silent auction and an outdoor market featuring donated items were also held. The fourth annual Elephant Grape Stomp was a fundraiser for the sanctuary, which is home to more than 100 exotic animals, including elephants, tigers, primates and bears, said Tamara Wilder, organizational development director for Performing Animal Welfare Society.


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For elephants, living is easy 2 years after move. Wanda, Winky enjoying sanctuary

2007-05-20 - San Andreas, United States. TINA LAM

Patti Miles stood in the sharp California sunshine next to the enormous, deeply wrinkled creature towering over her. I miss her more than anyone can imagine," Miles said. Miles was one of the keepers of the much-loved Detroit Zoo elephants Wanda and Winky, working with them for more than six years before the animals moved from Royal Oak to the hills of northern California. At the Detroit Zoo, white rhinos have taken Wanda and Winky's place, but the elephants are not forgotten. "Every weekend, we...


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The Price Is Right For PAWS New Elephants Nicholas and Gypsy

2007-02-28 - San Andreas, United States. Vanessa Turner

Well known game show host Bob Barker has pledged $500,000 for a new elephant habitat at a San Andreas sanctuary. Recently the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) made a deal to receive two new elephants from the Hawthorn Corporation in Illinois. The habitat will consist of a new barn and open space area featuring a lake, trees, grass and vegetation.


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Two New Elephants Headed For San Andreas Sanctuary

2007-02-21 - San Andreas, United States. Vanessa Turner, Calaveras Bureau

A deal has been reached to bring two elephants from the Hawthorn Corporation in Illinois to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas. The society maintains a 2,300-acre animal sanctuary just off Pool Station Road in San Andreas. Nicholas, an adolescent Asian elephant and his companion Gypsy are the last elephants to live at the Illinois facility. The Hawthorn Corporation is donating the elephants along with a financial contribution for the animals' initial care.


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Mulberry munchies delight elephants at PAWS

2007-01-24 - San Andreas, United States. Mike Taylor

Good Samaritans have popped out of the woodwork to help people at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas provide sweet treats for jumbo-sized retirees. African and Asian elephants that roam fortified compounds at Ark 2000 are thumping their trunks as volunteers have donated mulberry branches to the facility. The tree limbs are a popular and healthy snack for the animals.


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PAWS may add visitor center

2006-10-04 - San Andreas, United States. Maveric Vu

Minnie the elephant has been performing in circuses for the majority of her 51 years. With arthritis and a host of other health problems, Minnie retired from show business and spends her time relaxing on the quiet acres of an animal sanctuary. “These animals have seen enough people in their lifetime,” said sanctuary co-founder Edward Stewart.


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Detroit Zoo"s elephants enjoy their peaceful retirement in California

2005-12-25 - SAN ANDREAS, California, United States. ELLEN CREAGER

Wanda trundled down the hill from the elephant barn to meet her elephant friend, Annie. Then she drank from a pond. Then she wandered all by herself down a path to lie in the grass and snooze. The humans, when they came back from a walk, could not see her.


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Safeway produce, bread music to the elephants mouths

2005-08-31 - San Andreas, United States. Raheem Hosseini

Ed Stewart tips a little white pill bottle sideways, dropping a fistful of blue and white capsules into a hunk of stale sourdough. It can mean only one thing: It’s time to give Winky her medicine. Winky is one of two Asian elephants to have recently come to the massive compound in San Andreas belonging to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization advocating wildlife causes.


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Detroit Zoo elephants reach Ark 2000 elephant sanctuary

2005-04-08 - SAN ANDREAS, California, United States. HUGH McDIARMID JR.

The Detroit Zoo elephants, Wanda and Winky, arrived safety at the Ark 2000 elephant sanctuary today at about 8 a.m. Eastern time. It took about 15 minutes for workers to unload Wanda starting at about 8:30 a.m., and she has been making herself comfortable at the sanctuary in San Andreas, about 70 west of Sacramento. Scott Carter, director of conservation and animal welfare for the Detroit Zoo, said he called zoo director Ron Kagan this morning and told him that “Wanda is curious, active and do...


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Rosamond Gifford Zoo holds naming competition for baby twin elephants born last month

2022-11-29 - Syracuse, United States. CNYCentral

The Onondaga County Executive Office has announced details of a naming competition for the rare twin elephants born earlier this year. Members of the community are encouraged to vote on names for the ...


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Ugandan ivory trader sentenced to life in prison

2022-10-21 - Kampala, Uganda.

A Ugandan court has sentenced an ivory trader to life in prison - the longest sentence for such crimes in the country's history. A new law was passed in 2019 that toughened sentences for poaching or t...


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Albuquerque Biological Park Zoo elephant in danger of losing an eye

2022-10-17 - Albuquerque, United States.

Zoo veterinary staff have known for years that Irene suffers from lens luxation, a condition in which the lens in the eye is dislocated from its normal position, causing discomfort and blurry vision, ...


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In Vietnam, farmers show a willingness to work with the elephant in the room

It’s estimated there are only around 100 Asian elephants remaining in Vietnam. Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve is one of four locations identified as key to their survival in the country.

2022-09-30 - Dong Nai, Vietnam.

Solving human-wildlife conflict is a complex issue and a pressing concern for a wide variety of endangered species, none more so than the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). People living around Vietnam...


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Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

2022-09-29 - Pattaya, Thailand.

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The third baby elephant of the year has been born at a botanical garden in Pattaya. The Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya welcomed the new little member, named “Ply Poa Jai” wi...


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Iconic elephant ‘Bandula’ dies at Dehiwala Zoo

2022-09-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Bandula’, the elephant found at the National Zoological Garden in Dehiwala is reported to have passed away today. According to reports, the elephant had suddenly fallen ill and had collapsed twic...


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Nepal: Koshi Tappu, CNP welcome baby elephant same day

2022-08-29 - Katmandu, Nepal.

The elephant named Loktantra Kali at the Koshi Tappu gave birth to a female calf while Saraswoti Kali at the CNP delivered a male calf on Sunday. Nepal is presently home to around 225 indigenous eleph...


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Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

2022-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A national action plan on elephant conservation in Vietnam for 2023-2032 with a vision for 2050 is being developed. According to the summary report of the General Department of Forestry, the number of...


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Elephant owner and elephant killed by landmine explosion at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State

Sheldon Hooper, 27, was charged and killed by a large elephant at a safari park

2022-08-21 - Indawgyi, Myanmar.

The owner of the elephant and the elephant were killed when a landmine exploded at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State on August 15 according to sources. They stepped on the landmine when a ...


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Notorious poacher who trafficked in ivory, rhino horns jailed five years

2022-08-20 - Toronto, Canada.

Moazu Kromah, 49, made millions of dollars poaching and trafficking elephant tusks and rhino horns from endangered animals and was ordered caged Thursday in New York. Kromah and two confederates were ...


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Elephant in Thailand rips keeper in half after being overworked in hot weather

2022-08-20 - Khuekkhak, Thailand. Lean Jinghui

An elephant in Thailand has reportedly ripped its mahout (elephant rider or keeper) in half after being overworked. According to The Thaiger, the incident happened at a rubber plantation in the Phang ...


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India sees more deadly elephant attacks as habitats shrink

2022-08-19 - New Delhi, India.

Elephant-human conflicts have been on the rise in India as a result of habitat loss, and experts say such conflicts could get worse unless forested areas are protected and migration corridors restored...


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Howdah elephant Abhimanyu starts carrying 300-kg sand bags

2022-08-18 - Mysore, India.

A week after embarking on a practice walk on Jamboo Savari route, howdah elephant Abhimanyu entered the second phase of training on Thursday. The 300-kg sand bags were mounted on Abhimanyu after perfo...


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Karachi elephants to receive German dental treatment

2022-08-16 - Karachi, Pakistan.

Global organisation, Four Paws have sent their veterinarian doctors to Karachi for the treatment of elephants. The team of four doctors have arrived in Pakistan to treat four female elephants- two of ...


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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Kumkis’ add a dash of grandeur to I-Day celebrations in Chittoor - Jayanth and Vinayak served the Forest Department for more than two decades

Forest staff performing puja to kumkis Jayanth and Vinayak at Naniyala camp at Ramakuppam in Chittoor district.

2022-08-15 - Chittoor, India.

Jayanth (65) and Vinayak (52) are kumkis (trained elephants), faithfully serving the Forest Department in Chittoor district for more than two decades. Housed at the Naniyala forest camp in the Koundin...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve mahouts will now record their experiences to help understand elephants better

2022-08-14 - Lakhimpur Kheri, India.

Chief conservator of forests and field director, Sanjay Kumar Pathak has decided to document the experiences of these veteran mahouts so that not only the park authorities but other mahouts also benef...


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Mastodon bones discovered during West Michigan road project work

2022-08-12 - Grand Rapids, United States.

Several people are working to unearth mastodon bones in a West Michigan field after they were discovered during a road construction project. The bones are expected to be donated to the Grand Rapids Pu...


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Meet the mahouts at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai who have transformed the lives of their elephants

Wasim, the star kumki, with his mahout Eswaran

2022-08-11 - Theppakadu, India.

Wasim’s trunk pauses midair as he reaches for a bamboo shoot. His mahout, M Eswaran, calls out a command from a distance and in a split second, the elephant changes course. The shoot is far from his...


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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