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February 27, 2007

For Immediate Release

Bob Barker Pledges Funds to Help Captive Bull Elephant

(Galt, CA) - In order to help PAWS with their capital campaign for construction of a new bull elephant habitat, Emmy-award-winning host of The Price Is Right, Bob Barker, has pledged $500,000 to launch the effort. The new habitat will be for Nicholas, an Asian bull elephant who will soon arrive at PAWS with his companion, Gypsy, a female Asian elephant.

Projected costs will be one million dollars to build new barn and fencing for the new habitat at ARK2000 in San Andreas. Nicholas and Gypsy will arrive at PAWS' Galt sanctuary in early spring. They will reside there until PAWS can complete a spacious new barn and natural habitat, complete with a lake, trees, grass and lots of vegetation.

Bull elephants are difficult to house because of their size. Nicholas is approximately 9,500 lbs. and 9 _ feet tall and is only 13 years old. At maturity Asian bull elephants may reach seven tons in weight and 10 feet in height. They will consume approximately 325 pounds of vegetation each day.

PAWS is extremely grateful to Mr. Barker for his continued interest in helping captive elephants. Because of his support, Ed Stewart and Pat Derby, PAWS Directors, are initiating a capital campaign for the remainder of the costly construction.

Derby states that "In order for PAWS to be able to take Nicholas, we are launching a full-scale capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to build a home for him at ARK2000." Stewart projects the costs to be one million dollars and construction will take at least one year.

"PAWS needs corporate and business financial partners, sponsors and individual supporters right now!" Stewart exclaimed. "Construction supplies such as pipe, barn materials and volunteer workers are really needed too." Stewart goes on to say.

PAWS currently houses five Asian and three African elephants in a hundred acre plus natural habitat of trees, grass and lakes on its 2,300 acre sanctuary site - ARK2000 - in Calaveras County, CA.

If they arrive on schedule, the public will have its first opportunity to meet Nicholas and Gypsy at PAWS Annual Easter Brunch on April 8, 2007. For tickets or information, please call (209) 745-2606 or info@pawsweb.org

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