Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS), in San Andreas, United States
, was founded in 2000 and the first elephant arrived in 2002.
In the summer, the Star reported that a lab test showed a PAWS elephant tested positive for TB. That animal had already been in quarantine for more than three years, PAWS co-owner Pat Derby said at the time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also found that two other elephants that died at PAWS within the past two years also tested positive for TB, according to necropsy reports. PAWS says the cause of death in both cases was not TB, but arthritis.