Wanda (Annette) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)

☨ Wanda (Annette)
ID nr:   SSP Number: 228 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 57 years old
Dead date: 2015-02-12
Death reason: euthanised: arthritic
Location:Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)
ArrivalPerforming Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS) 2005-04-08
from Detroit Zoo
Detroit Zoo 1994-09-11
from Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo 1986-04-28
from San Antonio Zoo
San Antonio Zoo 1966-08-12
from Kilroy Ranch
Kilroy Ranch 1964-00-00
from Carson and Barnes Circus
Carson and Barnes Circus 1963-00-00
from Jungleland Thousand Oaks animal farm (Louis Goebel)
Born:* 1958 wild
Document updated2009-04-27:�Merge of two elephants
2013-05-08:�corr locations
2017-01-25: dead
The Carson & Barnes Circus never had more than five elephants on the show under Jack Moore. The 1962 group included Mabel, Jenny, Josky, Wanda and Suzie. At the close of the season Wanda was sold to a Texas oil man named Bill Kilroy. The same year Kilroy imported another female Asian elephant named Missy, who he had trained by Smokey Jones. Wanda and Missy would then stay together for the next thirty three years until Missy's death in 1997. This included a donation together to the San Antonio Zoo and transfers to the Fort Worth and Detroit zoos.

In April 2005, the Detroit Zoo permanently closed their elephant exhibit at the direction of their Animal Rights-sympathetic director Ron Kagan. Wanda and Winky were both sent to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, a private institution owned by Pat Derby.

Wanda is one of the two elephants at the center on controversy with the Detroit Zoo's decision to abandon their elephant display. When the decision was made to move the elephants because of the unnatural cold winters, Wanda and Winky were caught in the battle of Detroit Zoo looking for a place to send them, AZA saying not unless we approve, and the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas saying now wait a minute, we still own Wanda, she's just loaned to you.
Bob Cline, 2007-09-05

Contradictory records:
"Her life history is documented in the Asian Elephant studbook under Stud # 228. It notes she was born in the wild in 1958. However the studbook says she came from Disneyland, where as my records say she came from Thousand Oaks to Carson & Barnes."
Bob Cline, 2007-09-05

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Wanda (Annette), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=156. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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