RUBY, THE GENTLE MATRIARCH OF PAWS AFRICAN ELEPHANTS.
February 18, 1961- March 29, 2011
(San Andreas, CA) On May 15, 2007, the Los Angeles Zoo delivered Ruby, a 46-year-old African elephant, to ARK 2000, PAWS 2,300-acre sanctuary in San Andreas, California, to live in retirement with 71, Mara and Lulu, PAWS' three African elephants.
Within days, Ruby had socialized with the other elephants and became an important member of the group, roaming the hills and foraging on the grassy slopes with her new friends.
Ruby became the respected and beloved matriarch of the group over the next few years, and was often seen on top of the hill, ears flared, guarding her companions with the fierce determination of a wild elephant matriarch.
Everyone who worked with Ruby was mesmerized by her beautiful eyes and her gentle disposition. She will be missed by elephants, caregivers and her many fans who were privileged to share her life.
At 50 years of age, Ruby was one of the oldest African elephants in captivity.
Ruby died at 6 p.m. on March 29. Her veterinarian, Dr, Jackie Gai, PAWS director, Pat Derby, and the entire elephant staff were with her when she passed. A necropsy is being performed at the University of California at Davis, and final results are still pending.
REST IN PEACE DEAR FRIEND.