These photos are part of an online series we did at the Exploratorium called Driven: True Stories of Inspiration.
This episode is called “Big Love”, and is all about PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society), which is an animal sanctuary founded by former Hollywood animal trainer Pat Derby and her partner, Ed Stewart, in 1984. What started as a small space intended only to care for Pat’s own retired animals has become one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the world, and a very unique way of life for Pat and Ed. In this show, we focus on the unique relationship they maintain with the 8 elephants in residence.
I recently had a request to show some work from my visit to PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) many years ago. It was my first time seeing a real elephant, and I was blown away by their beauty and magic.
“I do not want the transition of the elephants to be hampered in any way,” Mr. Barker said in a statement published online by the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). “I want them to have the most efficient and humane transition to their new home… I said this would not cost the city a penny and I want to assure them it won’t.” (Photo: Larry Wong/Postmedia News)