Namaste, Sweet Dulary

It is with great sadness that The Elephant Sanctuary must announce the passing of Dulary, one of our resident Asian elephants.

At the beginning of this year, Dulary began experiencing some intermittent health issues. The Sanctuary’s elephant care and vet staff administered a treatment plan that included multiple medications and even an elephant “corset” crafted especially for Dulary out of burlap coffee bags. Soon she was feeling much better, and we happily celebrated her 50th birthday in May. Although Dulary continued to experience some health issues, she had been active with a good appetite in recent months.

Dulary was discovered lying down in the barn early Sunday morning. There had been no indication of any problems during the previous evening when caregivers checked in on the elephants in the Asian barn. All elephant care and vet staff were immediately alerted and quickly reported to the barn. Efforts to help Dulary stand were unsuccessful, and she was given supportive care while further diagnostic testing was performed. Philadelphia Zoo veterinary staff was consulted on Dulary’s condition, and Sanctuary staff provided round the clock monitoring throughout the night. Dulary passed away peacefully on Monday morning, surrounded by those who loved her. Sanctuary staff then left the area and Dulary’s companions, including her best friend Misty, were allowed in to be with her.

Born in 1963, Dulary made the Philadelphia Zoo home in 1964. During her time at the zoo, she lived with both Asian and African elephants. In 2006, after determining there was insufficient funding to build a new elephant habitat suitable for housing an expanded herd, the Philadelphia Zoo relocated its elephants and Dulary was sent to The Elephant Sanctuary. She arrived on May 1st, 2007.

Dulary easily assimilated into Sanctuary life, and after only two days of exploring her new home and meeting new companions, she comfortably lay down to take a nap, with Misty diligently watching over her as she slept. Dulary, Misty, and Delhi became an inseparable group, and she and Misty provided comfort to each other upon Delhi’s passing one year later. Misty and Dulary remained the closest of friends, rarely spending time apart, until Dulary’s passing.

In India, “Dulary” is a term of endearment intended for someone who is an object of great affection and love, and our Dulary will always hold a special place in our hearts. Strong-willed and self-confident, she quickly became a part of The Sanctuary family, and lived her new life to the fullest every day. She will be remembered with joy by all of those whose lives she touched. We are honored to have been a part of her journey.

Namaste, sweet Dulary

Click here to visit Dulary's In Memory page.