Former Detroit Zoo elephant euthanized at California refuge
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — A popular but ailing elephant named Wanda that lived in several zoos before being sent to a Northern California wildlife sanctuary has died.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society, or Paws, says the 57-year-old elephant was euthanized Wednesday because of arthritis and foot problems.
Wanda was one of two Asian elephants moved in 2005 to Paws’ sanctuary in the Sierra Nevada foothills of San Andreas, California from the Detroit Zoo.
The other elephant, named Winky, died in 2008.
Paws officials say Wanda was captured at a young age in the wild in Asia to be put on display in the United States.
She was moved from one location to another at least seven times, including a circus, several zoos in Texas, and then the Detroit Zoo in Michigan.