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PAWS is Home to 5 Asian and 3 African Elephants
Ed Stewart, PAWS president and co-founder.
"No Ethical Way To Keep Elephants In Captivity"
Ed Stewart responds to the April 23, 2013, National Geographic "NewsWatch" online post, “Captive Elephant Management: Interview with Knoxville Zoo’s Curator of Elephants,” by guest blogger Jordan Carlton Schaul.
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Meet Mojo the Muntjac
One of the shyest and least known residents at the Galt sanctuary is Mojo, an Indian (or Common) muntjac. Mojo arrived in the summer of 2007, an illegal pet confiscated by a nearby county animal control agency. Mojo is estimated to be about 11 years old.
Wild muntjac live in forests and dense vegetation in many parts of Asia where they are hunted for their flesh and skin, and killed as “nuisances” due to their appetite for eating tree bark. Muntjac are sold in the U.S. in the exotic pet trade for $750 - $1500. In the early 18th century, exotic Reeve’s muntjac were released into England for hunting. This invasive population is expanding, and sadly, many are killed every year by hunters, hit by cars, and again as nuisances for their love of eating rosebuds and other flowers.
These dainty deer are only 18-20 inches tall and weigh 15-25 pounds. Muntjac have a delicate digestive system, eating grasses, leaves, and tender shoots in the wild. Our dedicated keepers feed Mojo a balanced mixture of hay, pellets, vegetables, and hand-selected tender, leafy branches. Also known as the “barking deer”, muntjac are constantly alert for predators and emit a loud, piercing bark when they feel threatened. Their constant state of vigilance and special dietary requirements make them difficult to care for properly, and they are illegal to own in most states without a permit.
Mojo spends his days grazing in his grassy enclosure, nibbling on tender willow branches, and lying in the sunny grass or under the shade of his trees. At night, he sleeps in his own cozy, straw-bedded shelter. Skittish and suspicious when he first came to PAWS, now he is friendly and inquisitive and looks forward to visits from the keepers to see what delicious leaves and branches they bring.
Become an adoptive parent to Mojo. Find out more information here. >>>
Bob Barker Will Fund Elephant Flight To California
Iringa, Toka and Thika, the Toronto Zoo's three African elephants, will travel from Toronto to California aboard a private plane thanks to longtime PAWS' friend Bob Barker.
The TV icon offered to fund the $880,000 flight after learning that one of the elephants suffers from a serious foot problem and isn't well enough to withstand the long trip by truck.
"To think that one of them might not survive the trip in a truck touched my heart and purse strings," said Barker.
Update: On November 27, 2012, Toronto City council voted 32 to 8 to send the Toronto Zoo elephants to PAWS — again. No date has yet to be set for the move. Please continue to check our website for more details as plans develop.
Through our public awareness campaigns, more and more activeLearn More »oncerned individuals are becoming aware of the problems inherent in the breeding of wildlife in captivity and the use of animals in entertainment.
Pat Derby & PAWS Receive International Award for Animal Sanctuary Excellence
Nashville, TN – On Wednesday, May 8, the 2013 "Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence" was awarded to Pat Derby, posthumously, and to The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
The award was established by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), to honor those who dedicate themselves passionately to sanctuary animal care and is named in honor of Carole Noon, Ph.D., a courageous and innovative sanctuary pioneer and champion of chimpanzees. The award was presented at The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo opening ceremonies by Michael Markarian, GFAS Vice President, and chief program and policy officer of HSUS.
Ed Stewart, PAWS President and Co-Founder, accepted the award on behalf of Pat and PAWS.
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IS DEDICATED TO PAT DERBY
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Read HBO's press release, here >>>
SF Chronicle's review, here >>>
The Hollywood Reporter review, here >>>
View trailer and synopsis, here >>>
Pictured above: PAT DERBY WITH "71"
We'll just miss her, period.
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