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Key Staff Members & Consultants
Ed Stewart: President | Director of Sanctuary Operations
Dr. Jackie Gai, DVM: PAWS' Veterinarian
Brian Busta: ARK 2000 Sanctuary Manager | Senior Elephant Keeper
Kim Gardner: Director of Programs, Media & Events | Volunteer Coordinator
Catherine Doyle: Director of Science, Research & Advocacy
Sandra K. Trousdale: CPA
Elliott Genovia: Galt Office Manager
Lisa Jeffries: ARK 2000 Office Manager | Photographer
Debbie Casey: Graphics | Electronic Marketing | Publications Editor | Website Maintenance
Care and Management
For PAWS to responsibly provide quality, long-term care to the growing number of animals at our sanctuaries, it is vitally important for the organization to be financially strong, now, and well into the future. In order to ensure financial stability, an important component of all rescues must include provisions for permanent housing and lifetime care. The following are direct costs of habitat construction and lifetime care for some species.
The removal of an individual elephant from familiar surroundings and companions is a highly traumatic experience which can cause physical and psychological problems and, occasionally, death. All proposed elephant moves should be carefully studied and alternative solutions explored before a final decision is made to relocate individual elephants.
If a situation requires removal of an elephant to provide a better quality of life, careful planning and coordination of effort is essential. Trailer training before transport is critical for the safety of the elephant, and may take months to achieve. Our veterinarian must be given an opportunity to consult an elephant’s veterinarian to assess its ability to travel and to develop a program of veterinary care. Once the elephant is moved to PAWS, extra keeping staff is on duty 24 hours a day to monitor acclimation to environment and socialization with the other elephants. Additional construction is often necessary to facilitate the process and should be completed before the elephant is moved.
General care and feeding costs per elephant:
Our ARK 2000 facility has five elephant barns — one Asian, one African and three for bull elephants. The Asian and African barns are 20,000 sq. ft. in size and each barn can house up to 10 elephants. Barns are equipped with heaters, hydraulic gates, restraint devices for veterinary procedures, heated and padded concrete floors, dirt floors, spacious sleeping stalls and pipe hallways for introduction and socialization of new elephants; some barns have indoor pools. The Asian elephant barn contains dirt sleeping stalls specially designed for older elephants with foot and joint problems.
The Asian, African and bull elephant habitats contain hills, large oak and other native trees, grass, rocks, native brush as well as lakes, ponds and pools. We have hundreds of acres available for future expansion.
CONSTRUCTION COST COMPARISON!
APPROXIMATE COST PER ANIMAL
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