Updated: 2/26/2021


THE SECOND OLDEST ELEPHANT IN NORTH AMERICA AND OLDEST ELEPHANT AT THE ELEPHANT SANTUARY IN HOHENWALD PASSED AWAY MONDAY AT THE AGE OF 72.  DURING THE PAST 72 YEARS, SHIRLEY HAD BEEN EXPERIENCED A LOT THROUGH TRAVELING WITH THE CIRCUS FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS TO LIVING AT A ZOO FOR 22 YEARS UNTIL FINALLY TRANSFERRING TO THE SANCTUARY. MEDIA SOURCES REPORT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS THE SANCTUARY'S CARE AND VETERINARY TEAMS  BEGAN TO OBSERVE GRADUAL CHANGES IN SHIRLEY AND HAVE BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING HER. SHIRLEY PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY SURROUNDED BY HER CAREGIVERS.