- PAWS by the numbers
- 3 African and 5 Asian elephants currently call the San Andreas sanctuary home. It also houses bears, tigers and other animals.
- 1984 marked the year the organization started animal rescue efforts.
- 2011 was the final year PAWS hosted an open house at its 30-acres sanctuary in Galt after opening the new facility in San Andreas.
- $1.8 million in donations received in 2010.
— Jennifer Bonnett
- Trunk wash testing at a glance
The trunk wash technique requires that the elephant allow handlers to restrain and manipulate the tip of trunk to collect a testing specimen from the nasal passages. The most common materials used are saline solution, a sterile syringe and a one-gallon heavy duty plastic Ziploc-type bag.
The elephant’s trunk is manually restrained by the handlers so that the tip is held up.
The syringe is filled with sterile saline is then inserted into one of the nostrils, and the saline quickly flushed into the trunk. The handler lifts the trunk tip as high as possible to help the fluid flow as far into the trunk as possible. The plastic bag is slipped over the trunk tip and the tip of the trunk is lowered to allow the fluid to drain out.
Once the sample is collected in the plastic bag, it is transferred into a labeled container and typically sent to a laboratory.
— Source: United States Department of Agriculture
Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:00 am
A Toronto resident has launched a public attack against the Galt-based Performing Animal Welfare Society, with hopes of thwarting plans to move three elephants from Canada to the San Andreas sanctuary.
It started with an unsolicited email in March sent to close to 50 recipients, including local media, national publications such as the New York Times and Huffington Post, and animal rights organizations such as primatologist Jan Goodall’s group.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:00 am.