Lulu the Elephant Arrives At Zoo

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KPIX Eyewitness News report from April 2nd 1968 by Pat O'Brien at Fleishacker Zoo in San Francisco, featuring the arrival of Lulu the elephant from Swaziland (Africa). Lulu was purchased for $4000 to keep another elephant Maybelle company, after her companion Judy died. Includes views of Lulu walking around her enclosure, of Maybelle and an interview with Lulu's keeper John Long, who remarks that she is understandably nervous. Maybelle lived until 2004 and Lulu was transferred from San Francisco to the ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas on March 10th 2005 (Calaveras County, CA), where she still lives as of June 2011. It should be noted that the Fleishacker Zoo was renamed the San Francisco Zoological Gardens.

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Wanted to let you know that Lulu was transferred to PAWS on March 10, 2005, not 2004 as you report. Tinkerbell was transferred in 2004, Lulu the following year.

Praise God ! that is my Grandfather , Long story short I never got a chance to meet him in person. After my dad got back from Vietnam we went to the San Francisco Zoo so many times but my dad was to shy to reunite. Wow I herd all the stories of him. I am amazed, now I know why I have had a love for animals. 

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