Maggie the African Elephant in the care of San Andreas Wildlife Sanctuary dies at 41 – CBS Sacramento
SAN ANDREAS (CBS13) – Maggie, an African elephant who has called the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s Wildlife Sanctuary in San Andreas home for almost 14 years, has passed away.
The wildlife sanctuary says Maggie died on Tuesday under her favorite oak tree.
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Originally born in Zimbabwe, the 41-year-old elephant was captured as a calf – possibly during an elephant slaughter. She was finally placed in the care of the Alaska Zoo in 1983 and lived there until 2007.
PAWS welcomed Maggie – along with TV host Bob Barker who fully paid to bring the elephant down from Alaska to California.
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Barker also fully funded Maggie’s care for several years, PAWS said.
Maggie has suffered from arthritis and major dental illnesses her entire life. While African elephants can often live up to 65 years in the wild, PAWS says the median life expectancy for them in captivity is only 38.1 years.
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Seven other elephants still inhabit the PAWS sanctuary.