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5 ASIAN AND 6 AFRICAN ELEPHANTS
Fluffy: In Memoriam
Fluffy was one of 39 tigers that PAWS rescued in 2004 from deplorable conditions at the defunct "Tiger Rescue" pseudo-sanctuary in Colton, California (view video here). PAWS co-founder, Ed Stewart, specially designed and constructed the tigers' new housing at PAWS to preserve and accommodate compatible groups that had formed.
During the last 10 years Fluffy lived with a group of tigers that included Couch, a 500 pound male tiger. Fluffy was especially fond of gentle giant Couch, and the two were never far apart.
In the summer of 2012, Fluffy was diagnosed with renal insufficiency during a routine examination. Kidney disease is very common in older big cats, and PAWS' veterinarian, Dr. Jackie Gai, has extensive experience treating this challenging condition in geriatric animals. Fluffy thrived under the special care from her keepers, until late October of this year when her medications no longer provided relief and her appetite and joy for living suddenly declined. Fluffy was euthanized on November 1. A necropsy revealed end-stage, irreversible kidney failure.
It is never easy to euthanize an animal, and the decision to do so is always made with careful thought and great compassion. We experience a rush of emotions during these times. . . heartbreaking sadness at the loss, but often also a deep sense of frustration at the industry that selfishly breeds wild animals in captivity -- perpetuating the "Cycle of Hell" as PAWS co-founder Pat Derby described it. Both ironic and tragic, wild tigers are critically endangered due to poaching and loss of habitat, while tigers are indiscriminately bred in the U.S. to supply cubs for the entertainment and exotic pet industry - none of whom will ever be released into the wild, and many of whom will live a life of deprivation.
Rest in peace dear Fluffy.
An Update On Ben The Bear
Fall has arrived at ARK 2000, with short, sunny days and crisp, starry nights. Recent November rains promise new green grass, and many of the trees are showing beautiful fall colors. All of the bears seem to love fall weather, and Ben is no exception.
Bears are highly attuned to cues from nature, and both their behavior and biology change with the seasons. During the summer, Ben would nap under a shady tree during the hot part of the day, or take a refreshing swim in his pool. As fall arrives, the bears' appetites increase and they become more active, seeking extra food to put on a layer of fat for the winter. During winter, our bears don't truly hibernate but they do tend to be less active, eat less, and take longer naps inside their cozy dens.
Ben's physical appearance has transformed since his arrival in the summer of 2012 from deplorable conditions in a North Carolina roadside zoo where he had spent six years living in a 12x22-foot chain-link and cement enclosure. His interaction with others was limited to being gawked at by visitors. His coat has now grown thick and lustrous, and he has developed muscle tone and strength. Years of incessant pacing and stereotypic behavior, caused by cramped confinement and deprivation, have given way to a range of normal bear behaviors which have blossomed since his arrival.
What Can You Do
To Help Bears Like Ben?
Avoid roadside zoos with bears and "bear pit" attractions.
Educate family, friends and colleagues about this issue, and urge them to avoid any "attraction" that uses bears for entertainment.
If you live in an area where bears are used for entertainment, write a letter to the editor of your local paper, educating people about the suffering that the bears endure. Bring your concerns to the attention of local elected officials.
At PAWS. . .
Sanctuary Is Just The Beginning
PAWS receives animals in different ways - some are rescues and other animals are relocated or retired and placed in our care. No doubt about it, PAWS has been involved in some pretty dramatic relocations, from flying the elephant Maggie in from Alaska to Ben the bear being transported from North Carolina on a FedEx plane dubbed "Bear Force One." Everyone lets out a collective sigh of relief once the animal arrives safely, but that's really when our work begins. Each animal who comes to PAWS will require rehabilitation, veterinary care, and daily care and attention for the rest of his or her life.
This is the first in a series of articles that will introduce you to what it's like to care for the animals at PAWS and the activities that make up a typical day. But most important, you'll learn that sanctuary is just the beginning of our work for the animals brought into our care.
Meet PAWS' Elephant Team. . . read here >>
Above: Tiger Jay Logan, one of 24 tigers currently living at our ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas, CA.
Click here to meet all of PAWS' tigers.
As we near our
30th Anniversary. . .
PAWS' Commitment To Captive Wildlife
In Need Is Stronger Than Ever!
PAWS is looking forward to a very special anniversary next year: 30 years of rescuing, relocating and rehabilitating captive wildlife. With your help we will continue to accept animals in need, including elephants, and provide the refuge and rehabilitation they so desperately need in the years to come.
*According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) minimum standards of care, our 6-elephant, 20,000 sq. ft. African barn, could hold more than 15 elephants.
Ed Stewart and Lily Tomlin
at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards
"An Apology To Elephants"
Lily Tomlin Wins Emmy!
From Lily Tomlin: "Tonight, I received an Emmy for narrating the HBO documentary, An Apology to Elephants, and this is a great acknowledgement of the work of Ed Stewart and Pat Derby, founders of PAWS, who have worked on behalf of elephants for so many years. It was also the result of the hard work of Sheila Nevins, Amy Schatz, Lisa Heller, and, of course, Jane Wagner, who wrote the narration. We all speak in one voice to free the elephants. If you haven't seen it, watch the documentary on HBO, and I'm sure you will agree. Ed and I share this Emmy in honor of Pat Derby."
Through our public awareness campaigns, more and more actively concerned individuals are becoming aware of the problems inherent in the breeding of wildlife in captivity and the use of animals in entertainment. Learn More »
December 20, 2013
PAWS Receives Another
4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator!
Charity Navigator has once again given PAWS its coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Because PAWS has received a 4-star rating for four consecutive years, we are now rated among the top 7% of Charity Navigator-rated charities in America. Read the letter we received from Charity Navigator President and CEO, Ken Berger, here.
November 26, 2013
Toka heads over the hill.
Toka, Thika & Iringa
In Their New Home
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THE ARRIVAL PART 1
THE ARRIVAL PART 2 "The Greeting"
Read Dr. Joyce Poole's comments about PAWS' video "The Greeting" here. We suggest you print this PDF file, then follow along as you watch the video.
PRESS CONFERENCE PART 1 (Ed Stewart)
PRESS CONFERENCE PART 2 (Ed Stewart)
PRESS CONFERENCE (Bob Barker/Nancy Burnet)
Report From The field:
PAWS' Elephant Behavior Study
By Catherine Doyle
PAWS' director of science, research and advocacy
In September, I began a long-term behavioral study involving our African elephants, Mara, Maggie and Lulu. The study is investigating the daily activities of the elephants as well as the elephants' social interactions now and after new elephants Thika, Iringa and Toka are introduced to them. One of the pleasures of conducting this study is observing the elephants' behaviors and how they are affected by seasonal changes and by the different areas of their large habitat they choose to explore.
During my most recent round of observations, the elephants appeared to be enjoying the cooler weather (well, cooler for California: high 60s into the mid 70s), the sanctuary's oak trees (many of which are protected to avoid total destruction), and an abundance of tasty acorns. They spent much of their day foraging in the trees, shaking, pushing, yanking, and tearing off branches for consumption - just as elephants would do in the wild. These behaviors provide a wonderful display of the elephants' great strength and the surprising agility of their trunks.
One of the greatest challenges in conducting this study is finding locations from which I can watch the elephants, as they move throughout the habitat. All I can say is that I'm getting some great exercise, thanks to Mara, Maggie and Lulu! The elephants are always on the move, which means that I'm constantly adjusting my position to be able to record their behaviors. Of course, I am never inside the elephants' habitat - that would be dangerous and it would affect the elephants' behavior. You'll usually spot me on a road or at the top of a high hill, intently observing from a distance, binoculars or iPAD in hand.
Stay tuned for more updates from the field!
U.S. Sends Message
To Crush the Ivory Trade
On November 14, 2013, media from around the world converged outside Denver to witness an historic event: the pulverization of nearly six tons of raw and carved ivory that had been warehoused by the U.S. government for nearly a quarter of a century. The purpose of the event was to bring international attention to illegal wildlife trafficking and the slaughter of an alarming number of African elephants - nearly 100 a day. African elephants are at risk of extinction in as few as ten years unless something is done to curb poaching and a skyrocketing demand for ivory in Asia.
Unfortunately, the sale of ivory within the U.S. remains legal, thanks to loopholes in U.S. ivory trade laws. In fact, the U.S. is the second largest market for ivory in the world. A complete ban on the sale of ivory in the U.S. is long overdue and it would help to set yet another example of how keeping elephants alive and free must be a priority over the trade in ivory.
Pat Derby with "71"
We'll just miss her, period.
CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH OF PAT AND BABY "71", LEFT, TO VIEW VIDEO SLIDESHOW.
Celebrating A Remarkable Life
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