PAWS ARK 2000 in United States


First elephant arrived2002
Place San Andreas
Region California
Country United States
Website Website


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PAWS ARK 2000, in San Andreas, United States , was founded in 2000 and the first elephant arrived in 2002.

Living elephants

At the PAWS ARK 2000 lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Gypsy (Matsho, Hope) born 1967
  2. Mara born 1982
  3. Nicholas (Nickolaus) born 1993-12-15
  4. Prince (Chang Dee) born 1987-05-24
  5. Thika born 1980-10-18
  6. Toka born 1970

Comments / picturesFounded by Pat Derby and Ed Stewart in 1984, the 30 acre PAWS Galt facility housed Asian and African elephants, lions, bears, wolves, tigers, leopards. Eventually, all the surviving elephants would be transferred to a new 2300 acre compound near San Andreas known as ARK 2000. A $2.5 million budget funded by corporate donors and private individuals keeps the location operating.

Tuberculosis infected location

2012: In the summer, the Star reported that a lab test showed a PAWS elephant tested positive for TB. That animal had already been in quarantine for more than three years, PAWS co-owner Pat Derby said at the time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also found that two other elephants that died at PAWS within the past two years also tested positive for TB, according to Necropsy reports. PAWS says the cause of death in both cases was not TB, but Arthritis. Toronto Star, September 24, 2012

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References for records about PAWS ARK 2000

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). PAWS ARK 2000, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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