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Save the Dates

March 31

and April 1-2

2011 Summit for the Elephants Conference

Locations: Oakland Zoo and PAWS' ARK 2000

Watch for details.


Sheba joins the pride!


After more than 15 years living at our Galt sanctuary, Sheba, our lone female lionness, made the short journey to San Andreas and her new life with the Bolivia lions. After so many years in the peaceful Galt countryside, she is slowly adapting to new companions and new surroundings. Her South American friends watched her curiously at first, now they are all feigning indifference.

Sheba's first steps into her spacious new habitat was an emotional experience for directors Pat Derby and Ed Stewart. They have planned and dreamed of a large habitat and companions for this gentle, sweet lion who was born in an exotic pet "puppy mill" and sold to live in a basement in Detroit, Michigan before she came to PAWS.

Sheba has cautiously explored the habitat, watched the other lions and finally joined in the roaring contest for the past week. Today she approached Camba at the fence, exchanged a few warning snarls and ambled over to the shade of a tree. The big males watch her occasionally, but they are not as focused on her presence as Camba.

Sheba rolls and gurgles with joy when old friends Pat and Ed approach, and she is adjusting to her beautiful new home and companions quickly. Watching the socialization process is always exciting, and each new day brings more discoveries about the complexity of lion society. The males are so devoted to each other and to Camba, sleeping in a tight formation with lots of touching and grooming. We hope Sheba will soon join this lovely pride.

Thank you to Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Bob Barker for funding the lion habitat at ARK 2000, and to The Helen Brach Foundation for building Sheba's den.

To view a video of Sheba's move to ARK 2000, narrated by Pat Derby, click here.
Eating Lions Is Legal In The US!

As we celebrate the rescue of the four lions from a Bolivian circus, and the relocation of Sheba to ARK 2000, we were shocked to read about the owner of a Mesa, Arizona restaurant who served lion burgers in honor of the World Cup (view story here). The owner says his lion meat came from a USDA regulated "free-range" farm in Illinois.

These exotic animal "puppy mills," like the one where the 39 Colton tigers were born (view story here), are "regulated" by the US Department of Agriculture, which enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Eliminating the exotic animal industry would save taxpayers millions of dollars and give some meaning to the AWA.


Bear Habitat Construction Moves Forward 

Winston, Boo-Boo, Arthur, Jack, Cindy, Oma, Sampson and Cinnamon will have a big forest area to explore by the end of summer.


Construction is nearing completion for the new bear habitat at ARK 2000 where all eight PAWS black bears will retire in luxury and peace. The huge, forested habitat and den area is another gift from Bob Barker to the PAWS animals. The transportation for the bear's move from Galt to ARK 2000 is a gift from the Thorton and Katrina Glide Foundation.


Rescuing animals is very rewarding, but also quite stressful with the growing concern about the economy and funding for continuing care of the victims of captivity. We are very grateful for the support of all of our donors and to Bob Barker for helping us provide the retirement that every captive animal deserves!
Adopt A PAWS Bear


If you would like to help one of our bears, consider becoming an "adoptive parent," or giving a PAWS adoption as a gift to an animal lover in your life. PAWS adoptions are symbolic adoptions only. No animal will be sent!
The money from your adoption helps us provide nutritious food, veterinary care and enriching habitats, and you'll have the satisfaction that comes from knowing you're making a difference in the life of a PAWS bear.
Adoptive parents will receive a biography of their adopted bear, a certificate of adoption and a color photograph, two guest passes to one regular PAWS open house -- either in Galt or San Andreas (special events are not included), periodic mailings and invitations to special events, and the PAWS weekly E-News if the adoptive parent's email address is provided. Adoptive parents can opt out of emails at any time. We will never sell or share email addresses.
To adopt a PAWS bear, CLICK HERE
Save The Serengeti
Ed and I have never been to Africa, but this incredible continent, where the animals that we see confined in cages roam free, has a particular significance to us and to our supporters.
The beautiful Serengeti Plain and the Masai Mara were our dear friend Amanda Blake's two favorite places in the world. Her descriptions of the migrations and the beauty of the country were so vivid we felt we had been there. To us, it is the hope of the future for wildlife.
When we read of the Tanzanian government's plan to build a highway directly through the path of the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara, we were stunned.
We urge everyone to support efforts for an alternate route that protects the Serengeti.
Please voice your concern to your travel agent, the Tanzanian government and Department of Tourism.
 Click here and here to sign peti
tions to Stop the Serengeti Highway!
 The African Wildlife Foundation opposes proposed highway.
 Voice your concerns to the Tanzania Tourist Board
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Performing Animal Welfare Society
P. O. Box 849
Galt, CA 95632
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