"Seeing the Elephant"
2012 Dates Announced
RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to ARK 2000,
the largest captive wildlife sanctuary in the United States. Monies raised from this educational program benefit the elephants living at ARK 2000.

PAWS' "Seeing the Elephant" Educational Getaways

To forty-niners and those on the trek for riches, no expression characterized the California Gold Rush more than the words "seeing the elephant." Those traveling west announced they were "going to see the elephant." Those turning back claimed they had seen the "elephant's tracks" or the "elephant's tail," and confessed they'd seen more than enough of the animal. For Gold Rushers, the elephant symbolized the high cost of their endeavor -- the myriad possibilities on the journey -- and, an exotic sight, unequaled experience, and the adventure of a lifetime.*

Visit ARK 2000, in the Gold Rush town of San Andreas, California, where "seeing the elephant" is once again. . . an exotic sight, unequaled experience and the adventure of a lifetime!
 
*From They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush, by JoAnn Levy.
Understanding Elephants
Our "Seeing the Elephant" getaways are designed to provide a better understanding of elephants as individuals and their needs in captivity. Participants spend the day with PAWS co-founders and directors, Pat Derby and Ed Stewart, and the PAWS elephants, observing the individual personalities and learning about the differences between African and Asian elephants, socialization of unrelated animals and the special handling which is required for bull elephants like Nicholas. Demonstrations on foot care and positive reinforcement training to deal with medical problems, and long hikes through the elephant's habitats are included in this diverse, educational program.

 
Elephants in captivity have suffered greatly and need specialized care. The unique elephants who share our lives are representative of all captive elephants. We hope to provide an experience which will enlighten our visitors to the problems inherent in keeping these highly social animals in captive situations and the understanding and care which is necessary to meet each individual elephant's special needs. At the end of the day participants will, truly, have "Seen the Elephant."
 
"Seeing the Elephant"
2-Day Weekend Getaway
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Your schedule:
Arrival in San Andreas, California, on Friday.
Spend Friday and Saturday nights at a lovely bed & breakfast in this historic Gold Rush town.
Awake each morning to a scrumptious, homemade breakfast.
SATURDAY features an educational, fun-filled, day-long visit with PAWS' elephants -Annie, Wanda, Mara, Nicholas, Sabu, Gypsy, Lulu, Prince and Maggie at ARK 2000.
You'll receive an "insider's" tour of the elephant habitats and spend the day with the founders/directors of PAWS - renowned elephant/wildlife experts and authors - Pat Derby and Ed Stewart.
A vegetarian picnic lunch will be served. On your own for dinner Friday and Saturday.
SUNDAY features a special extended visit with the lions, tigers and bears living at ARK 2000. Receive an "insider's" tour of the habitats.

Donation price for this
unique experience: $800 per person
($1,300 for 2 people sharing a room)
To make your pre-paid reservations, or for more
information on our "Seeing the Elephant" educational getaway packages, contact PAWS representative, Kim Gardner, at (916) 488-3991, or email kgardner@pawsweb.org.

 
"Seeing the Elephant"
Saturday, 1-Day Getaway

Your schedule:
Arrival in San Andreas, California, by 9 a.m.
Take part in an educational, fun-filled, day visit with PAWS' elephants -Annie, Wanda, Mara, Nicholas, Sabu, Gypsy, Lulu, Prince and Maggie at ARK 2000. You'll explore elephant habitats and spend the day with the founders/directors of PAWS - renowned elephant/wildlife experts and authors - Pat Derby and Ed Stewart.
A vegetarian picnic lunch will be served.
Donation price for this unique experience:
$250 per person
 
Contact Us:                            

 
PERFORMING
ANIMAL WELFARE
SOCIETY
P.O. Box 849
Galt, CA 95632
 
PHONE: 209/745-2606
EMAIL US: info@pawsweb.org
WEB SITE: www.pawsweb.org 
 
2012 SCHEDULE 

January 21
February 4
March 3
April 28 
June 2
September 22
November 3
 
Dates listed above
are for the Saturday
1-Day Getaway.
If you are booking
a 2-Day Weekend
Getaway, arrival is
Friday and departure
is Sunday.

 
 PREPAID
RESERVATIONS
ARE REQUIRED!

To make your
pre-paid
 reservations,
or for more
information on our
"Seeing the Elephant" educational getaway packages,
contact PAWS representative,
Kim Gardner, at
(916) 488-3991.

 

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General Information
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Saturday visits begin at 9 a.m. and end around 2-3 p.m.  Sunday's visit begins after breakfast and check-out. You'll be on foot most of the time, so plan for a lot of walking. Groups are generally limited to about 20 people.

You'll meet the elephants and the other animals, however, for safety reasons, YOU MAY NOT TOUCH any of them, and all guests must stay a safe distance back. 
 
Cameras and video recorders are encouraged! Please bring your binoculars, sunblock, hat, comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. No children under 13 years of age. Please leave your pets at home. NO PETS ALLOWED ON PAWS PROPERTY OR IN PARKING LOTS! 
 
All visits take place rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. 


SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED ON ANY PAWS PROPERTY!

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EXTEND YOUR STAY IN CALIFORNIA'S GOLD RUSH COUNTRY
Gold Rush-area destinations. From San Andreas, California,
it's less than a one hour drive to any of the following: 
 
ANGELS CAMP: In 1848 Henry Angel, a shopkeeper from Rhode Island, opened a trading post after deciding this would be a more profitable use of his time than digging for gold, thus founding the town of Angels Camp. AMADOR CITY: One of the state's smallest incorporated cities with a population of just over 200 residents. A little city with a lot to offer. AMADOR WINE REGION: Thirty four wineries are nestled along scenic back roads in some of California's most picturesque rural settings and offer gracious, unpretentious hospitality. Just 45 minutes from the state capitol of Sacramento and two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area. CALAVERAS WINE REGION: Twenty wineries, three traffic lights. What's stopping you? COLUMBIA: Unlike many settlements that have changed with the times, Columbia, California, seems to be frozen in the 1800's. Today, Columbia State Historic Park is the best preserved of California Gold Rush towns. MOKELUMNE HILL: With the discovery of gold in 1848, the rush to the Mokelumne River was soon underway. The largest town in Calaveras County at that time, Mokelumne Hill served as the County Seat from 1852 to 1866. MURPHYS: Murphys has the old-world charm left over from its days as a trading post and mining camp, with quaint shops and restaurants lining a picturesque main street, and more than enough diverse tasting rooms to be a wine connoisseur's paradise. SUTTER CREEK: The town takes its name from the creek and the creek takes its name from John A. Sutter who owned the sawmill in Coloma where gold was first found in the Mother Lode in January of 1848.
 
 
Space is limited for our "Seeing the Elephant"
educational weekends. The dates in 2011 filled up quickly
and we anticipate the same will happen for 2012.


To make your pre-paid reservations,
or for more information on our
"Seeing the Elephant" educational getaway packages,
contact PAWS representative, Kim Gardner,
at (916) 488-3991,

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RESERVE YOUR GETAWAY TO
 
ARK 2000 TODAY!
 
This educational program helps raise needed funds for the elephants living at ARK 2000.

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