All of you who have visited PAWS Ark 2000 with me over the years, will remember Wanda, one of the Asian elephants, who with her friend Gypsy enjoyed a large enclosure with grass to forage and a pond to swim in. The 2 elephants were always seen together enjoying each others company. They had met more than 20 years ago during their years in captive situations and remembered each other once reunited. After 10 years at PAWS, Wanda died recently and will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.
As is customary for all elephants that pass away at PAWS, a necropsy is being performed on Wanda's remains by pathologists from U.C. Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and tissue samples sent to a laboratory.
I will be at PAWS in several weeks and I am sure I will miss seeing her hanging out with her friend Gypsy! Thank you, PAWS, for giving her 10 good years in your loving care!
In quiet reflection,