Tributes to Zula

Kwa herini dear Zula
Swahili phrase for farewell/adieu/goodbye


Zula - African Elephant
323 Tributes to Zula

January 20, 2014
Dear Zula,
Tange misses you so very much. You were such a beautiful elephant. You were such a good friend and big sister to Tange. You made her so happy in the past. You and your spirit will be loved, missed, and remembered by all.

kwaheri, Zula
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington,KY
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January 12, 2013
My heart goes out to all the staff and elephants at the sanctuary. I was moved to tears just reading about Zula and all the beautiful tributes to her ! You are all truly blessed in getting to work with and knowing all of the elephants ! To all the four and two legged Zula lovers, my prayers go out to all of you !

Louise Baranick, pleasant valley New York
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January 11, 2013
can't belive its been nearly 4 yeas since you passed Zula i know that tange and flora would be very proud to call you their best freind,and elephants never forget so im sure they will remember you for the rest of their lives
I miss you zula xxx
Dylan Arthur, Hayle Cornwall United Kingdom
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November 2, 2012
Dear Zula,
I've heard so many rad things about you.I also heard you like watermelons. I wish you could have just one more.
R.I.P,Trent
Trent Joesph Grasso, Burke,VA
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October 6, 2012
Sweet Zula you are missed so much. I grew up visiting the girls at the zoo. As an adult I had the chance to meet Zula and Tange before leaving Albany.As soon as we all walked into the barn Zula acted as if she knew me and rubbed her trunk sniffing me all over. I have always wondered if she could sense the sorrow I felt for there captivity or the love I had for them.
jerry, Albany, Ga.
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March 3, 2012
You will never really be gone because you are in our hearts. We love you Zula
Ally M., Montana
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January 27, 2012
I'll miss you Zula, as will Flora and Tange.
dylan arthur, hayle cornwall
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January 16, 2012
A memory of Zula to stay with me forever -
As you departed 1/11/09 I grieved our loss via your final video tribute. Never could I have known
that my Dad would die within that year. Even today I think of Zula - this grand elephant as preparing me to grieve my wonderful Father's passing.

Donna M Capriotti, Downingtown, PA
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January 14, 2012
Rest Peacefully Dear Zula! You are loved and will be truly missed! <3
Michelle Davis, Jacksonville, Florida
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January 13, 2012
I still miss you but am so glad you now have peace and happiness with the Lord. You are beautiful!
Kate, Ellicott City, MD
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January 13, 2012
Good Night You Awesome Animal You closed your eyes and kissed the sky. I hope you forgave us Good Bye.
Kelly Floyd, Garden Grove, California
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January 12, 2012
God Bless your sweet elephant soul Zula..I know that even though you no longer walk this earth in sanctuary,you have found your forever sanctuary in the presence of Jesus.. Rest in Peace Majestic Lady
Deborah Lore, St louis, Missouri
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January 12, 2012
I'm sure you're happy in Heaven with your brothers and sisters. You're free ! Rest in peace sweet girl.
Linda Fama, Patchogue,NY
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January 12, 2012
Rest in peace, dear Zula. So grateful to TES that you found sanctuary at last.
Joyce, Michigan
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January 12, 2012
It's hard to believe it's been 2 years now since dear Zula has passed. May she forever be at peace now. Namaste dear Zula.
Michelle, Colorado Springs, CO
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January 12, 2012
Dear Zula. Bless you. Watch over sweet Tange and her pal Flora.


Mary Anderson, New Zealand
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January 12, 2012
Rest in peace Zula ... you were a gift to us, to help us better understand all elephants....I know the angels are glad to have you in their presence...
sylvia edwards, franklin, NC
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January 12, 2012
Luv you, Zula. RIP
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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September 27, 2011
Aww. Zula have fun in heaven with your fellow elephants.
Smarmy, usa
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January 11, 2011
Still Missing You.
Pat, Salt Lake City
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October 21, 2010
i think you are so cute. in loving memorey zula
Emma Davis, windham maine 04062
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October 10, 2010
R.I.P. Zula.

God Bless the Elephant Sanctuary.
Josh, Pennsylvania
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October 1, 2010
Zula you were quite the lady with your loving nature and gentle ways. I remain in awe of the strong spirit I still feel when visiting your tribute site. Rest well pretty girl and stay awhile with your fellow sisters and brothers who have gone before.
Lyn Hall , Sacramento, CA
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February 24, 2010
You are a joy to the world and a joy in heaven!
Stacey, Albion, mi.
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January 17, 2010
Zula sweetie,
I cannot believe a year has gone by since you left this world. I thought of you every day this week.
I'm so happy your days of Sanctuary were in Hohenwald, Tennessee where you had friendship and lots of love. Tange & Flora are bonding (I think you planned this for Flora).

Loud trumpets & trunk touches!
Juanita Eisinger, Livonia, MI
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January 11, 2010
Zula, dearest one,

It's hard to believe that it's been a year already since you passed. Tange and Flora have, thankfully, become good friends and companions for one another. Everything happens for a reason...perhaps so that Flora could experience the joy you knew from having Tange as your constant lifelong sister/companion. Anyway, I believe you are happy where you are and happy for them.

Namaste, angel, you are sorely missed.
Caite York, Milton-Freewater Oregon
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January 11, 2010
Precious Zula, I saw on my Sanctuary calendar that today is the one year anniversary of your passing. You must be smiling from ele-heaven to see how much Tange and Flora's friendship has blossomed.
Maggie, Saratoga Springs, NY
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December 24, 2009
oh my gosh i went on here like 8 ago and she was alive now she's dead. i was crying when i saw she died! i love you always in my heart!
arayvia, colorado
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November 4, 2009
I am so sorry for you Zula that you had lost your life. I love you Zula. you were so graceful and beautiful. we all love you.
Matthew Lieberman, Westhampton Beach New York
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July 30, 2009
I love you, Zula
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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July 26, 2009
Missin you
DMK, Maryland
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July 10, 2009
Dear Zula,

You are an amazing elephant and will always by remembered. I love you so much. There isn't a moment that passes that I don't think about you. I miss you so much and you are a great little giant!

I miss you so much and I love you so much!
Hailey, Ottawa, ON
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June 20, 2009
A tree grows in the Masai Mara in memory of Zula. It bears her name and is right next to another one named after her best friend Tange
Jutta, Canada
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June 7, 2009
RIP Zula.
Catherine, Charlotte, NC
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May 25, 2009
I wore my Zula T shirt yesterday out to a crowded lunch spot. It attracted the attention I wanted. I always LOVE to talk about TES and you.

My condolences Sandra. Wish we could rescue more elephants that are languishing God Knows where. They are so happy at TES. I rescue kitties and have seven. When one dies (which is rare because they live near to 20 years) I immediately get another because I know so many need a home. Let's keep our fingers crossed another elephant comes soon. I know Zula would be pleased with that.
Tory, St. Simons
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May 21, 2009
I love you, Zula
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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May 18, 2009
Dearest Zula,
I could not bring myself to write you a note in January...it was just too fresh and tender. I have said a prayer every day for your friends ...Tange, Flora, Sandra, and all the caregivers who would miss you. Even now, I tear at the void you have left.
I found you and Tange and Flora quite by accident on day - and I was hopelessly hooked. I found myself spending hours reading all I could on the TES website - checking in each day - multiple times some days.
I have always loved elephants - as long I can remember...and it is so hard to play favorites Africans or Asians or one of the subs -
What I can promise - I am in awe and amazement of you - you are the embodiment of Power and Majesty and Gentleness and Graciousness all in one beautiful, marvel of a miracle.
I am so glad you got to spend time at the very best place there is for an Elephant - this side of free in Afric - in Tennessee.
"Till we meet again - You are loved and You will be missed - It truly was an honor to know you". Thank you for being a part of my life.
Cat Waters, Atlanta, Georgia
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May 16, 2009
Zula, this is the first time since the middle of last year that I have been on the website. Knowing now what I know, I wish I knew sooner. You an Tange were great girls. You knew how to put a smile on my face and def keep us Jr. Zookeepers working hard. Besides the staff at Chehaw I was one of the only ones who had a chance to see you before you left for the sanctuary. It broke my heart knowing you were leaving Albany, but it breaks my heart more to know that you have left us and on my Birthday. You truly will be missed. I love you so much.
Liz Schillo, Merritt Island, FL
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May 15, 2009
Dear Zula, you are still close in our hearts and memories as we mourn the loss of your sister Bunny and your brother Ned. Rest in peace, dear Zula.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 10, 2009
Sweet Zula,
I still can't believe that you are gone. You are still deeply missed. Please take care of Bunny for us. I know you, the rest of your elephant sister & Joanna are waiting on her arrival. May you all rest in peace.

JW, Newburgh, IN
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May 7, 2009
Zula,

I am sad to hear that one of your sisters is preparing to leave us but I am comforted in knowing that you are waiting to greet her spirit. Please watch over dear Bunny. We will not forget either of you.
Jackie B., Arlington VA
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April 28, 2009
Not too long ago my class & I decided to donate to the Sanctuary's Feed an Elephant for a day program. For some reason, Zula captured my heart and was the one we picked. In a way, I believe she picked us. A few weeks later, she was gone & we were heartbroken. We have named one of our classrooms Zula in her honor & have her pictures posted in the room. We are blessed to have had her in our lives, even for a moment. Thank you, Zula.
Denise Griffin-Stevenson, National Massage Therapy Institute, Philadelphia, PA
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April 22, 2009
Dearest Zula-

I just lost my sweet little Chilly, my special needs kitty. Since she's been gone (only a week) her two brothers have gotten very close to one another. It is so wonderful to see them keeping each others' company and not fighting.

I am happy to hear that Flora and Tange are spending so much time together. It is wonderful that Flora is getting so attached to Tange and Tange to her. You have given a great gift to Flora who hasn't experienced a friendship like the one you and Tange shared. Please welcome my little Chilly over the rainbow bridge. She is so much fun and loved life with a passion.

Namaste
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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April 9, 2009
So sorry to hear of her death. Any death of one of these lovely creatures brings sadness. You do such wonderful work for these elephants. How is Tange doing?
Marje Ernst, Wilmington, DE
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March 26, 2009
I am moved to tears by the 'in memory of video' of dear, sweet Zula. She was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed. Her bond with Tange was so touching.

I am thankful that TES exists and offers these wonderful, gentle giants a place to receive the peace and love they so greatly deserve. It does my heart good to know that selfless people such as these are in the world today.

My thoughts and prayers are with the staff, Tange, and all the other elephants. You are not alone in your sorrow.
Shannon, North Olmsted, OH
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March 26, 2009
Humans have alot to learn from elephants like Zula. They say a society's worth is measured by the way it treats it's young elderly and each other(God help us). Watching the clip on Zula tells me we have a long way to go to match the love and respect she showed for her friends and family.
Robert Ciao, Denver, CO
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March 25, 2009
Zula I do believe your the most loving elephant and I think Tange is going to miss you very much
Destiny, lewiston,Idaho
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March 25, 2009
Zula, You have been gone from us for such a short time but you will never be forgotten. You will be in our minds just like the other eles that have gone on before you. Farewell Grand Lady.
Edna , Tennessee
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March 18, 2009
rest in peace on the other side
of the Rainbow Bridge, but also
have fun there with the other
elephants, dear Zula,
helga Mullen, plymouth Meeting, Pa
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March 17, 2009
Zula was a beautiful elephant. She wll be missed by everyone who knew her. My heart goes out to her care taker and staff at the Sanctuary.

Love,
Seiko Davis, Chula Vista, CA
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March 12, 2009
I love you, Zula
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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March 9, 2009
Zula was a very important member of the herd. She had the traits of a true leader and an older sister. She was gentle, kind, patient, and an accepting individual that can never be forgotten. Zula's mark left on the Sanctuary is powerful, and her story is worth telling thousands of times. But Zula's work was done, and though we do not understand why she left so soon, we will someday.
I hope that the Sanctuary Staff will be comforted during these days, but also smile when they think of Zula. I also hope that Tange and Zula will stay as companions during this difficult
time. I know that Zula's death is painful, but I will remember her, and think of all the good things that she has done.
Joshua D. Eng, Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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March 8, 2009
ZULA WAS LUCKY TO HAVE HAD FIVE PEACEFUL, LOVING YEARS AT THE SANCTUARY.
MARY, WASHINGTON
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March 8, 2009
Thinking of you today

You are missed
, usa
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March 5, 2009
I am really sorry and I know that it must have been hard to have something that was so close and then it just goes away so easy and so fast. I really like going and looking at the elephants on this page and website because they are so pretty and so wonderful. I just wanted to let you all know that I really am sorry and one day I am going to have elephants of my very own. I know even though I did not know this elephant but I will miss Zula because I love any elephant I see and I wish I could have them all but I will be okay with the ones I will have very soon. Zula is in my thoughts and I will try to come on this website every day and look at all the elephants.
Elizabeth Brown, Stanley, VA
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March 4, 2009
I love Elephants a lot and i cried when i knew that she had passed away. I have a whole collection of elephants and i am really sorry.
Elizabeth Brown, Page County High School
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March 3, 2009
Missing you today, Zula, dear heart. Seeing your beautiful face helps ease the pain. I've been reading "The Life and the Lore of the Elephant" and coming to an ever deeper understanding of not only your kind but of all the "others", the non-humans, that man has so ignorantly exploited for bellicose, materialistic, and trivial gain. Oh when will we all finally be free to live in harmony and peace with one another?

My deepest love and respect to you and all your TES sisters who have crossed the rainbow bridge.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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February 27, 2009
i love elephants
grontu, sertayi st. 45657
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February 25, 2009
I feel sad at Zula's passing and the same time so grateful that she had a happy life at your sanctuary. I love getting your updates and could spend hours looking and reading about what you're up to. (I think I missed my calling and all of you are incredibly fortunate for the job you do.) Thanks
Grace Kliewer, Seal Beach, Calif
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February 23, 2009
What joy your sanctuary has brought. I only wish that I had the opportunity to sit and observe the majesty of them all. For your Zula, may she find that watering hole with many friends by her side, and frolic until the sun sets on her muddy body. Peace dear Zula.
Betty Jo Schultz, Florida
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February 15, 2009
Happy V Day Zula. Thinking of you with lots of love and hoping your spirit is roaming free with your other ele sisters. xoxoxo
Kelly, Middlesex, NJ
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February 13, 2009
Zula, you have spent nearly five years at such a wonderful home. I know that Flora acted as the dominant sister, but you really shined as a matriarch. Rest in peace, Zula.
Joshua Eng, Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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February 12, 2009
I have not been here for a while and am saddened to hear of Zula's passing. I am endeared to all elephants with their deep emotions and understandings that we humans can only hope to achieve. I am particularly endeared to African elephants with their big gentle ears and mysterious ways. As humans we are much more familiar with the Asian elephant because they have been closer around us in the US. I worry for Tange. Thank you for the update Sandra but what will Tange do without her? Please Flora understand how Tange needs you now and reinvent yourselves together.
Anna McCall, Bellevue, WA
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February 12, 2009
Sweet Dreams Zula....
The Poole Family, Hampton, Va
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February 10, 2009
One month, Zula the pain is still so fresh
, usa
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February 10, 2009
i am so sorry you guys had to endure losing Zula...so sad...

thanks for all you guys do for these wonderful elephants...your site is therapy for me...
steve williams, lexington, nc
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February 9, 2009
To everyone at TES: Again, you suffer terrible pain and sorrow - this time for Zula. I read and re-read the profiles and tributes to all of your wondrous creatures, and each time am brought to tears at their beauty and the pain they have suffered in their lives. Please be consoled that you have give them happiness, love, and peace.
Joan Spievak, Connecticut
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February 7, 2009
"I am so sad to hear of your passing but your elefriends will welcome you to eleheaven. Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful spirit. I hope you passed knowing you were loved and cared for with the best love, compassion, tenderness anyone could ask for. Bless you and we send you off with a fond goodbye sweet Zula. You are missed and loved always. Judy Sato
Judy Sato, Vancouver, BC Canada
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February 2, 2009
To the caretakers and staff,

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for everything you do for the elephants.

My deepest sympathy.
Ellen Perry, San Jose, CA
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February 2, 2009
Blessings dear Zula, as you journey on to a place I can only imagine is of incredible beauty. I hope as you wander through heaven you will meet my son, who said that if he should die and come back as any animal it would be the mighty elephant, because they had big beautiful ears just like him. I would love to see his face as you walk so elegantly through the heavens waving your incredible ears. What a sight you must be. Thank you for blessing us with your kind heart and lovely spirit. Forever and always, Seth's mom Michele
Michele Fentriss, Oregon
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February 2, 2009
Yet another viewing of this beautiful video which so generously invites us into the vast and satisfying world that was Zula's life with her sisters. That John Williams music is so lovely an accompaniment - Dances with Elephants - perfect setting for her magnificent Grace.
Namaste, Zula.
Donna Reynolds, Albany, NY
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February 1, 2009
Dear Zula,

Not again. Not again. That's all I could think and feel. Only now am I finally able to write you. What I want to tell you is not how much I'm going to miss you, because I am, but how I'm going to remember you. I'll remember your love for mud and I'll remember seeing you covered from head to toe, all red and loving it. I'll always smile when I think of you on one of your logging trips. How many paths you've created in Africa that has opened beautiful vistas for anyone who follows those paths. I'll remember your deep love for Tange and it will warm my heart. All true love has a way of doing that.

Zula, you may be gone from our eyes but you do live on and I know without a doubt that some day we'll see you again with our eyes. It's the promise of life everlasting.

Kwa herini dear Zula - but only for now.
Pat, Salt Lake City
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February 1, 2009
Thinking of Zula, you are missed
, usa
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January 30, 2009
Dear Zula, I thought of you and all of TES' ex-zoo girls today as I heard on CNN that many zoos and aquariums may be forced to "get rid" of some of their exhibits as they face the reality of the economic crisis.

I hope and pray that many zoos will be forced to shut down their elephant, big cat, and primate "exhibits", and will do the right thing and send the beauties to TES, PAWS and other accredited sanctuaries. However, I worry about where the animals will go if they aren't sent to sanctuary, and for the welfare of those that remain. If the zoos have to cut back, do you think they will cut back on their year-end bonuses and management salaries? Or will they opt for cheaper feed, even smaller jail cells, and less care for their animals?
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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January 30, 2009
Dear Zula, you will always be a grand model and example. Bless you.
Deborah, Winter Park, FL
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January 30, 2009
My heart breaks with the news that once again, you have lost a part of your family. As you grieve, remember the love and joy that you have provided her in her last years. She has left this world knowing that not all humans are unkind. Thank you so much for providing her this gift.
Glenna, Largo, FL
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January 29, 2009
I know that I used to get so upset when I lost an animal I said NEVER AGAIN but I know that 1 year ,5 years or 20 years with a beloved animal is a gift. Never refuse a precious gift. So Zula was a gift to all of us and more so to the ES.She left a big footprint.Thanks for sharing her with me.
Kathy Macomber, Knoxville TN.
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January 27, 2009
I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sweet Zula girl! It must have been a shock to all of you. Bless her sweet soul, which is now at Rainbow Bridge with many new wonderful friends. I will ask my late Duke to introduce himself to Zula. They can hang out together over Rainbow Bridge. Kisses & hugs to Zula.
Janice Giampaoli, Minnetonka, MN
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January 27, 2009
Dear Dear Zula
You are so deeply missed. I hope that Tange is doing well. I am so glad that she has Flora for comfort in this difficult time. Bless you Dear Zula.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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January 25, 2009
Translation of German portion of Andrea und Walti, Switzerland post earlier:

Dear Zula..also in a distant land..many tears have been cried for you..now you negotiate your final big journey..it was lovely..to have known you..if only "virtually"..a huge thank-you to The Elephant Sanctuary..where you were allowed to live in peace for many years.
We will miss your African "beauty" so much.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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January 23, 2009
happiness, peace and yummy treats wherever you are.
ehunt, dayton, oh
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January 23, 2009
Snow has fallen, a light crust. On the white field
green trails zigzag where the horses wandered,
a crazy scribble shows where they fed.
There they are now, two statues stooping.

All the ewes are sitting, thawing their grass.
Puddles crunch like caramel. Little snowfalls
crumble down a hedge. The silver-birch
trembles with its own twigs' shadows.

And under the rusty chestnut I walk
through a rain of crystals. There isn't much to say.
This is a day that decides by itself to be beautiful.
This field is a bride. How are we to say goodbye?

(Henry Shukman)

Liebe Zula...auch in einem fernen Land...sind viele Tränen für Dich geflossen...Nun begibst Du Dich auf Deine letzte grosse Reise...es war schön...Dich kennen gelernt zu haben...wenn auch nur "virtuell"...einen riesigen Dank noch an Elephant Sanctuary...wo Du noch einige Jahre in "Frieden" leben durftest...
Wir werden Dich afrikanische "Schönheit"...sehr vermissen.
Andrea und Walti, Switzerland
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January 23, 2009
What a beautiful video tribute to Zula..You people do the work of God taking care of these amazing animals..god Bless you and all of them and all of the other animals suffering elsewhere. Hopefully someday there will be no more suffering for animals.
Amy Totaro, Pa
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January 23, 2009
I love elephants and wish i could have seen her. from what i have seen she was a very beautiful elephant. I have a collection of elephants and they mean the world to me. sorry for the lost of her wish someday i could work with elephants and learn alot more about them.
Dalenna, morgantown
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January 22, 2009
Zula...You always stood so tall and majestic. You have a beautiful soul. I will miss you.
Love you.
Barbara, Virginia
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January 22, 2009
I pray for the health of all the other souls in your care. And I am happy that I have my Zula T shirt as a keep sake to a wonderful elephant.

Namaste
Tory and all the rescues, St. Simons Island, Ga
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January 21, 2009
I am very saddened by the loss of Zula. She was so beautiful. My heart goes out to you all.
Kristin Bingham, Lubbock, TX
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January 21, 2009
I am truly sorry to hear of your passing. We were out of town so just heard of it today. It seems that no matter how well treated elephants are and the best of care given them, the wild is still the best. However, that just cannot be in a lot of cases. It is so cruel to take such wonderful animals away from their freedom. TES is so great but it is still captivity. Sleep in peace.
C. Teague, Tennessee
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January 21, 2009
My heart aches for all at the sanctuary for the loss of a dear friend. As always, with the death of any loved one - whether it be human or animal - we do not always understand and look for answers. We do know, though, that with each death, comes enlightenment. Queenie allowed Minnie to let go; Delhi gave caregivers and elephants time to better understand the process of passing; Joanna brought much needed increased awareness of PTSD and so on. And thus the circle of life continues. Perhaps Zula's passing will help others understand that process and be at peace with it.

Namaste
LFC, Albuq., NM
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January 21, 2009
Dear Zula,
May you rest in peace and may we learn to accept your passing.
The world was a better place for having the opportunity to watch and learn from you. What a Grand Lady. We will all miss you.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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January 20, 2009
My heart goes out to all at the sanctuary. Although we know that all of this earth's creatures - human and non - leave us in form, it is still so very heartbreaking. Especially when you have worked so hard to give them a safe, loving and free life as all of you have. Zula's energy will still go on and be with you. Tange can surely feel it. All the girls can surely feel it. Peace and love to all of you.

Lynn Car., Edgewood, NM
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January 20, 2009
hallo zula en verzorgers

wij willen jullie veel sterkte wensen om dit verlies te kunnen dragen
we weten dat sandra erg op zula gesteld was


esther, harskamp
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January 19, 2009
Sweet Zula,
We all mourn your passing and rejoice in the fact you had the very best of care and love at the Elephant Sanctuary. I know you are running around trumpeting and having so much fun! I pray for those you left behind..they all loved you so.
Claudia and Brodie, Northern CA
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January 19, 2009
Dear, sweet Zula, I am glad that you had good years at TES after your years at Chehaw. It was good to know that African elephants, too, could be happy and content at the Sanctuary. You were a magnificent lady, and we are grieving your passing, as peaceful as it was. I will remember you, Zula.
Pattie McManus Reber, Milton, Georgia
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January 19, 2009
I am so sorry that Zula died,especially so suddenly. It is so hard to say goodbye to a loved one, whether animal or human. But death is part of living, and her friends are missing her, but they and all of us will see her again someday. I am just so happy she got to live her last few years in peace and free. Thank you to the Elephant Sanctuary. You all are truly the guardian angels of Elephants, one of God's special animals.God Bless you all, and I'm so sorry for your loss.
Patricia Galambos, Bristol, IL.
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January 19, 2009
When I pass into the next Realm, I will seek out Zula and all the former TES Elephants who have passed before me and I will joyfully spend my time serving, and caring for them and others. The lessons they have taught me already about living and dying on earth, are immeasurable.
I regret that my human body is no longer youthful enough to be a Caregiver for the Girls on this earth plane, but one thing I am sure of, when I cross over, I will find Joanna already with Zula, Barbara, Tina, Lota, Jenny, Delhi, and Queenie, and my desire to be their Student and Caregiver will be fulfilled.
Knowing I will see all of you again eases this pain I feel right now.


CJ, Perdido Key
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January 19, 2009
May Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god, receive Zula's spirit and comfort the elephants and humans she left behind. I am sorry for your loss.
Lisa Nofzinger, Lansing, MI area
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January 19, 2009
Zula, we will miss you big girl! God bless.
Kelly, Middlesex, NJ
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January 19, 2009
Zula's memorial video was so touching. Her softness, wisdom and peaceful grace was so evident. God Bless, and hugs to Tange and TES.
Paige Huff, Atlanta, GA, United States
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January 19, 2009
Dear Sweet Zula, I will miss you as will your ele-sisters and ele-brother. I hope you find many mud puddles in heaven. Thank you to all the caregivers. Love, Liz XOXOXO
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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January 19, 2009
Hi,I just discovered TES when a friend sent me the Bella & Tarra CBS video. Myself & my friends are so happy to know about TES now. I have just learnt about lovely Zula and have read many of the lovely poems and tributes. She was & is a great gal and I am sure she is the brightest star in heaven right now! I hope to visit one day and will donate when I can! Sending sympathy & much love to all who cared for her and all of her friends xox
Margaret Csiszar, London, Ontario, Canada
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January 19, 2009
You have received the ultimate blessing and are truly free. You were very lucky to have so many at the TES love you. We all have our time to leave, but those left behind must deal with sadness first, then realize the glory in the end. Thank you for letting us observe your life, it has made all of us appreciate your time with us.
Anne, Pensacola
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January 19, 2009
Your organization is the epitome of what wild animals'lives in captivity should be. Your hearts are breaking and I can't imagine what Tange is going through. Your wonderfully healthy attitude towards life and death will see you through, as you know it will, but a huge part of your hearts will always be broken. You should be praised to the skies for taking on a life where you know your beloved charges will some day pass on - it takes a lot of courage and a deep sense of commitment to do what you do. Her last years were full of joy, love, companionship and compassion. Who could ask for more? But my heart bleeds for you and for those dear elephants who had to say good-bye to Zula.
Ricki Hart, Wylie, Texas
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January 19, 2009
Peaceful journey magnificent creature! Peace to all of your caregivers, sponsors and all that cared for you.
J. Bart Davis, Concord, North Carolina
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January 19, 2009
Beautiful, majestic Zula, your sudden passing has broken our hearts, but we know you're in a wonderful place, with all your friends who have gone before you. You were the epitome of grace, power and kindness and will be so sorely missed. However, you had the great fortune to spend your later years surrounded by loving care givers and wonderful elephant friends. It's so much harder on those left to mourn, than on the one taking the wonderful journey you are now on. May God bless you and all those who have given you such wonderful sanctuary these past years.
Kay Klein, Royal Oak, MD
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January 18, 2009
Zula it's hard to believe a week has already gone by since you went on your way to the next step of your journey. I know your sister Tange misses you terribly and Flora, too, as well as your human family. I have no doubt wherever you are you are making your own new savanna and mud wallows and finding just the right tree to itch that scratch. Your spirit will always be with those who loved you.
Lisa, Alabama
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January 18, 2009
Rest peacefully beautiful creature, and know that at the end of your life you were finally loved, respected, and given freedom to roam in a natural environment, with friends and family always surrounding you.
Susan Shew, Elgin, Il.
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January 18, 2009
It always saddens me when one of these majestic creatures leaves us, but then I find joy in the fact that they truly felt love and freedom whether it was their elephant peers or the truly blessed staff at TES. Godspeed Zula.
Terry W, Waterloo, WI
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January 18, 2009
Zula was an absolutely magnificent elephant. Thank you for providing her with a wonderful home, work she enjoyed (I think of it as a sort of freestyle logging!) and the chance to gain confidence in exploring the natural world.
Mary Wilson, Gabriola Island, Canada
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January 18, 2009
It is with heart felt sorrow that we say goodbye to Zula a truly magnificent creature of God's. I know that All of you do your very best to allow their last years to be happy and safe. Zula I'm sure you knew you were with not only you elefriends but people that loved you and always had your best interest at heart. You will be missed, as there is a rainbow bridge for dogs I'm sure there is for elephants also, so go be happy and meet your other family.
Linda Hall, Hot Springs,Ar.
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January 18, 2009
I first met Zula in the spring of 1987 when I came to work at Chehaw Wild Animal Park. I watched her and Tange grow through their teenage years - boy did they have a lot of fun! They grew into such regal creatures, but there was always still time to play and be silly. The staff here was always trying to find ways to improve the quality of their care. Eventually the only way to do that was to give them more space and the opportunity to be with more elephants, and those things were beyond our means. So when TES made the decision to expand their facilities to include African elephants, the decision was an easy one, especially since their primary care-giver, who absolutely doted on "the girls" was going with them. Some of our patrons resented the move, but I think that most understood. I had hoped for very long lives there for Tange and Zula both. I enjoyed checking on them through the website and hoped that one day I might be able to visit. I was stunned and deeply saddened by the news of Zula's sudden passing and I offer my sincerest sympathies to the staff at TES. Thank goodness Tange has Flora. Rest in peace Zula...
Jan Thompson, Chehaw Wild Animal Park
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January 18, 2009
She showed her happiness in being secure and her love to all that wanted it. What a great soul! I have always believed these wonderful animals have souls. If there is a "Rainbow Bridge" for elephants, then surely Zula will be there. God Bless the Elephant Sanctuary for Zula.
Cynthia McCully, Westminster, CO USA
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January 18, 2009
There is nothing else that can be said that has not all ready been said in memory of Zula.
Beautiful Zula.
Hugs to Carol, Scott, Tange, Flora and the rest of the TES Family. Take Care Love you All!

Vickie Myers, WestWind Farm Ashland City
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January 18, 2009
Goodbye sweet Zula... graceful, powerful, gentle, strong, and so majestically beautiful.
Your days with us were too short, but you taught us more than 1,000 people could in your 5 years at Sanctuary. My deepest condolences to the Sanctuary staff, Carol and Scott and Zula's caretakers. And special thoughts and love to Zula's ele-friend, Tange.
nancy, bedminster NJ
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January 18, 2009
For Zula: a beautiful elephant.. now resting in a heavenly Sanctuary. Send us "love and light" from above.

My condolences to TES staff, my condolences to ALL the ele-girls and the only ele-guy that continue to experience the "gift of life" as residents of The Elephant Sanctuary.
DJ Heywood, St L MO
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January 18, 2009
I'm glad you got to live in the peacefulness and love of the sanctuary. You will be missed here, but I sure you are welcomed where you are now.

Sharon, Alabama
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January 18, 2009
Bless you Zula. The Rainbow Bridge awaits.
Linda, Port St Lucie, FL
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January 18, 2009
To the loving caretakers of Zula, (and the rest of our girls and Ned)...you have the memories of wonderful Zula to help you through your grief. You know how much of a difference you made in her life. That's the whole point of TES. You did a wonderful job and I'm sure she loved you for all you did for her.
I pray God wraps his loving arms around all of you and comforts you as only He can.
Zula died knowing she was loved and that's what matters.
Thank you so much for all you do.

Friend to Bunny and TES lover,
Kathy Santiago, Evansville, IN
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January 18, 2009
How sad to lose such a gentle soul. Even though she will be missed here on earth, I'm know she will be loved where she goes from here. I offer my continuing gratitude to those wonderful people at the Sanctuary who dedicate their love and time to such great creatures.
Christy Williams, Mount Juliet TN
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January 17, 2009
The images seize the imagination and the music captures the heart...an incredibly beautiful, reverent video tribute to Zula. What an absolutely outstanding homage to such a great lady. These magnificent animals bring joy, awe, and inspiration that, I find, can many times overwhelm the human heart. We owe them the right to share this planet with their own families, have their babies in the fellowship of their own herds, and grow old and die in dignity together. There is really only one true sanctuary that an elephant longs for...family. I will honor and fight for that right until I also leave this life. One day I shall behold those Golden Shores, and my arrival shall be heralded by the sound of an elephant's majestic trumpet fanfare...Almighty God, the Conductor and Creator, will lead the orchestral progression. I will smile again at Zula.
Beverly, Simpsonville, South Carolina
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January 17, 2009
It breaks my heart whenever one of The Girls passes on. I love to read about all of them and I can only imagine how hard it is for all of her caregivers. Know this, I will keep all of you in my heart and prayers. I'll ask for comfort for each of you and that soon you will only remember the joy she brought.
Elizabeth Sommers, Morrison, TN
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January 17, 2009
As an elephant biologist I feel immense sadness when one passes away. It is like you've lost a member of your own family. Time is a great healer, in this mortal world, and I hope that as time passes Tange and others at the sanctuary will be left with much good memories of Zula.
Christy Williams, Assam, India
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January 17, 2009
I was very upset to hear about the sudden passing of Zula. I could have only wished she had more than 5 years at the sanctuary. However, I take great comfort in knowing that she passed away in a place where all she knew and experienced was love and peace. Rest in peace Zula! You deserve it!
Sarah Mundrick, Stanhope, NJ
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January 17, 2009
Dearest Zula,
The love never ends...hope you go to a place of comfort and peace...
With all my heart,
Cynthia
Cynthia, San Francisco
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January 17, 2009
Elephants touch my soul so deeply and profoundly that words can not express. The joy of watching the two old matriarchs find each other again at the sanctuary filled my heart with such a love.
I've worked with animals my whole life...and the thing I've learnt from them is time doesn't exist for them...they live and die in the moment...
Farewell Zula..you were a fabulous creature to have watched.
June O'Reilly, Toronto Canada
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January 17, 2009
Dear Zula - on your trip across the Rainbow Bridge, we feel that Great Spirit must have needed a new member for his heavenly herd.

Much love goes with you to share with your sisters who have gone before.
Namaste, dear Zula
shirley walter, Ocala ,FL
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January 17, 2009
Blessings to you, Zula. Thankfully you found your way to TES and knew heaven on earth. May your crossing of Rainbow Bridge be peaceful, sweet, wonderful girl. I can only guess that you were ready...
Blessings to TES 2 leggeds and 4 leggeds. May the love that surrounds you help you endure. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Keep on keeping on. God Bless all of you.
Vickie, Sorrento Florida
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January 17, 2009
Sanctuary Staff and Zula's Elephant Family.

So sorry to hear of the passing of Zula, at least she went quickly and no suffering. Fly High Zula, you will be missed.
Marilyn, Louisiana
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January 17, 2009
That the death of a being hundreds of mile away, that I've seen only in pictures and video could affect me like losing a pet I've held and petted for years is testament to the love that is TES. The girls (and boy) in your care couldn't be safer or happier anywhere else there's a fence. Goodbye, precious Zula.
Nancy K, Chicago
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January 17, 2009
We recently found out about this wonderful organization and fell in love with all of the elephants. One of our favorites was Zula. It is always hard to lose a family member and our thoughts are with you.
Matt & Jackie Juvinall, Orlando FL
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January 17, 2009
It was a cruel shock to hear of Zula's death, my favourite of the elephants of TES, so big and graceful and beautiful as she was. May she rest in peace.
Audrey Mealiff, Ireland
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January 17, 2009
What a beautiful, majestic and noble creature! We mourn her death but rejoice that her last days were lived well surrounded by loving friends in a place of peace and beauty.
Elizabeth Anne Middleton, Santa Barbara, CA
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January 17, 2009
Dear Zula, thank you for spending a few years with us, allowing us to know your gentleness, beauty, grace, wisdom, humor. You know Tange will be OK with Flora. I guess Joanna needs you to help her with the great work she is doing otherside.

While I have never met you, I deeply feel your passing, and already miss your presence. Be at peace, you are among the blest of the earth.
Barrie Jaeger, California
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January 17, 2009
Goodbye sweet Zula,thank you for being a part of our lives Godspeed sweet girl
Jack, Redding,ca.
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January 17, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Zula`s passing; my deepest sympathies go out to each of you. I am sure she has crossed the `Rainbow Bridge` to the green meadow and is frolicking there with all her friends that have gone on before her. Thanks for all you do for these beautiful creatures to keep them safe and happy.
Dorris, Louisiana
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January 17, 2009
We hold you in our hearts forever, treasuring the memories. May the Sanctuary staff find comfort in knowing that Zula was happy and she knew she was loved.
Bonnie and Donna, Maryland
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January 17, 2009
What a wonderful tribute to Zula! The video is touching and I cried knowing how happy life has been for Zula at TES. Zula will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my sweet ele friend.
Jeannette and Family, New Jersey
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January 17, 2009
We are so sad about the death of Zula. She was a lovely elephant to Sandra her caregiver and Sandra loves her too she told us many times
Zula you rest in peace
Sandra's Mam en Dad, Ede Holland
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January 16, 2009
Oh, no! not you too!!! What is going on?? I am soooo sad and I hope that you go to heaven and are happy and healthy there. May you rest in peace and live on to protect the other elephants of the world. You will be dearly missed. I shed tears now, I hope you no longer have to. love you forever.
Corie, Illinois
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January 16, 2009
So sad about sweet Zula. My sympathies.
Nancy, Nashville, TN
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January 16, 2009
So many of us in Dallas share your sorrow in the loss of Zula. I cannot imagine how deep your pain is, since we who have never met her, were profoundly shaken by the news of Zula's death. What a magnificent wonder she was.

Oh how I wish that our Jenny could travel to your beautiful, true sanctuary. While she would never replace Zula, I have dreams that she would fit in, and perhaps comfort, and find comfort in Tange and Flora.

Zula's true spirit will always fill the Sanctuary...and after all, for the past five years, she was ALREADY in heaven; now, her journey is merely to a higher plane.
ilise lipton, Dallas, Texas
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January 16, 2009
My dearest Zula, Seeing you on my first visit this fall, I was struck with your majestic beauty and your commanding presence. I wanted to touch you, to absorb some of your magic to take back with me. I treasure the memory and send you loving thoughts and the hope that we will meet once again when I cross that Bridge. God bless!
Janice Brook Calkin, Cos Cob, CT
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January 16, 2009
Deepest sympathies to everyone at TES who loved and cared for this charming, gentle lady. I cannot imagine the depth of your grief. But take comfort that Zula's spirit is forever instilled in the Sanctuary, alive in both the human and elephant hearts that she touched every day.

Thank you Zula, for teaching us so much. Safe journey, beautiful one . . .
Claudia , New York City
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January 16, 2009
I am just devastated at the news of Zula's passing. I can only imagine the grief you all must be feeling. Thank God she spent such wonderful years with you all and got such good care and love. You do such wonderful things for all the girls and my heart swells every time I visit the website. You all have given these girls such wonderful care and glorious fun filled days enjoying the freedom they so deserve. Take care and know that millions are mourning with you and how much we all appreciate everything you do for these wonderful souls.
Sue, North Carolina
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January 16, 2009
Zula,
My heart breaks that we have lost you. What a kind, gentle girl you were. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Thank you for sharing your beauty with us.
Rest well, friend.
Charity Siebert, Lake Forest, CA
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January 16, 2009
Life is eternal
Love is immortal
And death is only a horizon
Life is eternal
As we move into the light
And a horizon is nothing
Save the limit of our sight

She touched our hearts, as they all do, we have known such joy to have known her!
Love and peace to all
Jenna and Michael, Richmond, VA
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January 16, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of Zula's passing. Thank God she had five years to spend at TES in Tennessee. She looked so content in the video. Thank you TES for all your hard work and dedication for these wonderful creatures.
Grammy, Pennsylvania
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January 16, 2009
Dear, sweet girl you left us too soon, you were magnificent.. my heart is filled with sadness for your 2 sisters left behind
Whitney, Illinois
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January 16, 2009
Zula you were such a graceful beauty. The loss of any elephant is a tragic loss indeed. I can't stop crying. What a precious creature. Beautiful tribute. I am so very sorry and my heart and prayers are with all of you at TES and the elephants.
Pam, Des Moines, WA
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January 16, 2009
The video is such a beautiful and touching tribute to Zula.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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January 16, 2009
Zula, rest in peace with all your sisters that have gone before you. I cry with so many that we have to say good-bye.
Candace Kubczak, Milwaukee, WI
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January 16, 2009
I am so sorry. Zula was so young and looked so healthy.
Beautiful video tribute, I am in tears.
Lisa, Indiana
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January 16, 2009
A trip to the Sanctuary is a regular stop for me during my day and I have watched these girls tentatively find their way.. some quicker than others. I wish for them to enjoy their freedom in this new home for much longer than some get to. So I sit here heartbroken at this news. Sweet Zula- keep watch over your sisters. We will miss you.
Suzanne Peterson, Chattanooga, Tn
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January 16, 2009
Rest in peace Zula and know that you were loved by your caregivers at TES and by those who watch from afar. You, your sisters and all at TES are in our thoughts.
The Rush family , Rancho Cordova CA
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January 16, 2009
i so hope that Tange and Sandra are ok. The night she spent in the woods with her must have been magical and I am heartbroken for both of them. God Bless you all and know that we all have heavy hearts for all of you. Please let us know how everyone is doing when you have time. Peace.
Jocelyn, Ohio
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January 16, 2009
Zula when you see my Lota tell her I still think of her and wish I had been able to do more for her. Give the rest of the girls a loving greeting to all and we miss them and love them all God is with them and they are happy and well.
Joyce, Yankeetown, Fl
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January 16, 2009
Nameste my dear. Hope to see your beauty in another place. Love & hugs to your sisters, Ned & the staff. Love & peace Glenda
Glenda , Oklahoma
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January 16, 2009
all of you are so very precious and it saddens me greatly each time one of you leaves this earth.

Dearest Zula you will be missed by me, even though we didn't know each other.

hugs and great love

miriam paisner, boulder colorado
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January 16, 2009
Dear Zula,

May you now have the free wonderful life you were denied for so many years. How wonderful that your last were the best! You and your sisters have taught us so much about what life with all of God's creatures should be. Rest in peace sweet girl!

Judy Tarr
Judy Tarr, Pennsylvania
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January 16, 2009
Sincere sympathy to TES staff and also to Tange......rest in peace, Zula!
Jane Porter, Richmond
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January 16, 2009
Dearest Zula, Although I am deeply saddened by the news of your passing, I rejoice in watching you on video and seeing your loving interactions and excitement at being able to be an elephant. You were absolutely gorgeous and spirited and will always be remembered that way. In your passing, as I have done with all the others before you, I again renew my pledge to continue educating and speaking out about the struggles of Elephants in captivity, with the goal to someday end human's need/desire to "use" them as they see fit. I am so thankful you were able to find sanctuary and hope that soon others will have the same opportunity. Blessings to the Sanctuary for their tireless work.
Jill, Seattle
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January 16, 2009
Oh sweet girl, you will be missed by so many. Fellow elephants and us humans. What a beautiful girl you are. What a sad day for me to hear this news. I loved you and didn't know you.
Rebecca McCoy, Fort Worth Texas
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January 16, 2009
Zula...I know you are in a better place where nothing can ever harm you. For those of us left behind, however, it is still a great loss to know we will not see your sweet and majestic presence in the woods of the Sanctuary...the mind understands, but the heart is more difficult control. Time heals a broken heart, but for now, I am not ashamed to shed my tears for you. I am a better person for having known you. Each of you wonderful animals teach us that real strength comes not from our bodies, but from our souls: from patience, tolerance and acceptance, from friendships, from gentleness,and specially, from being able to forgive those who have done us harm, to be able to enjoy the moment fully, without bitterness for our past, or what we may have lost along the way.

Angel, Denver
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January 16, 2009
Zula was such a beautiful girl. Just to look at her face in the picture brings joy to my soul.She spent her last few years in a wonderful place. Her memory will live on in her sister and caretakers hearts. My dream is to one day visit your sanctuary. Thanks for all you do.
Karen, Hollywood, Ca.
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January 16, 2009
How heartbreaking to hear of the sudden passing of your dear Zula. My thoughts are with everyone at the sanctuary, and especially to Tange and Flora, who shared these last few years in peace and freedom with their sister.
Roz Abramovitch, West Fargo, ND
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January 16, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of your passing. You are such a beautiful girl. I know Tange will miss you tremendously as we all will. Go be with your sisters in heaven know you won't be forgotten here on Earth.
Nancy Pride, Stockbridge, GA
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January 16, 2009
Sweet Zula, May your spirit run free now and forever. Bless you and your beautiful soul. Peace. Peace...

Roni, Miami Beach, FL
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January 16, 2009
I am truly very sorry for the loss of Zula (a loss to her fellow humans and fellow elephants). There is some comfort knowing that she will live in memory.
Very, very sorry for this sadness.
Gwen Jones, Beavercreek, Ohio
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January 16, 2009
My deepest sympathy to all of you. There are no words at a time like this that will help ease the pain. I am sure Zula is at peace, it is the rest of us who have to try and continue on. Hugs to you and all the elephants. You are in my prayers.
Antoinette Daab, Baldwin, New York
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January 16, 2009
It is indeed a sad event that Zula passed away at such a young age. The Silver Lining to her story is that she lived the last part of her life among friends-both human and her own kind-who loved and cared for her. In Zula's memory, let us all redouble our efforts to keep all elephants out of zoos and circuses.
Greg Garduno, Aurora, CO
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January 16, 2009
Dear Zula
You will be missed greatly you were such a joy your memory will live on forever

Rest sweet girl with all your friends at Rainbow Bridge
Debra Taylor, Alabama
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January 16, 2009
Dear Zula, I am still shaken by the news of your sudden death. How graceful and beautiful you were, and full of zest for life! I am so glad you had some happy years at the Elephant Sanctuary. Rest in peace, dear girl!
Amy Rose, Detroit
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January 16, 2009
There are those who say animals do not go to Heaven. How can one believe that creatures who reason, love, grieve, and bring joy to this world would fade to nothingness. I say these people are wrong....I believe the angels welcome the beautiful and tired souls of animals. God keep you in his care Zula until we meet again. Peace to all at the sanctuary.
Sarah Diederich, Garden City, MI
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January 16, 2009
Sweet, sweet, Zula, we will miss you so much and we are saddened that you left us so soon. As you move peacefully into the next stage of your lifetimes, I wish you safe passage, overabundant love and the companionship of all the elephants who have gone before you. I am so thankful to all at TES who have made the last 5 years of your life an elephant paradise on earth. My heart aches for all who remain behind and must now deal with their love for you in a new manner. Namaste, sweet girl, your life brought its special light to each of us.

Sherry Heim, New Mexico, U.S.A.
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January 16, 2009
Zula, I'll always remember your beautiful face, and hope we meet someday in another place. You are sadly missed and your time with us was much too short.
Laura Cotter, New Jersey
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January 16, 2009
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there
I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond's glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there
I did not die.
- Thank you Zula for your patience, trust, wisdom and grace. For all you taught us and for your unconditional love.
Shawn Kay, Portland, OR
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January 16, 2009
Zula, you will be greatly missed by your ele sisters & your friends. What a shock to learn of this newest loss. Words do not begin to express the sorrow we are feeling.
"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed Be the name of the Lord."
Cathi Welch, Nashville, TN
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January 16, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of Zula's passing. After years of her being a captive, I had hoped she would enjoy the life she deserved for a much longer time. All of these creatures and their caretakers are a shining example of living life as it is meant it to be lived. Rest in peace, Zula, and God bless the Elephant Sanctuary!
L. Howard, Kansas City, MO
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January 16, 2009
Sweet dreams, dear Zula. Fly with the angels.
Ginny, Indiana
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January 16, 2009
It is always heartbreaking to read of the loss of another elephant at TES. Prior to arriving at the Sanctuary, they have lived lives of deprivation and sadness -- too often as some sideshow possession. They have always deserved better.

The Sanctuary & its amazing staff seems to right some of the wrongs that have been inflicted on these precious and magnificent creatures. Zula and her partner Tange were two of the fortunate ones.

Now Zula, you beautiful girl, you are gone and we are shedding tears for your absence and wondering what happened.

Our condolences go out to the great staff at TES, Tange and Flora. Zula may you rest in peace and may your spirit run free. You are missed
PK Schultze, West Chester, PA
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January 16, 2009
Sweet Zula,
May you rest in peace and know that you touched so many lives. You have left us too early and we will miss you dearly.
Stephanie, Nashville, TN
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January 16, 2009
Sweet dreams, dearest Zula. Run free, feel the wind and touch the stars. My profound sympathy to the Staff at the Sanctuary.
Carol DiFiori, Glen Allen, VA
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January 16, 2009
Dearest Zula, you will be missed by all. I find great comfort knowing you were able to die in peace and find some happiness and love with the caregivers that love you and all your sisters so much. Rest in peace sweet baby....Rest in Peace.
lisa white, south yarmouth, massachusetts
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January 16, 2009
It's so difficult to understand any of this but hopefully everyone will find comfort in knowing you were a part of something very special. I hope happy memories will help everyone through this sorrowful time. You were such an awesome girl! Namaste Zula!
Wendy, Menomonee Falls, WI
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January 16, 2009
Dear Zula - you are so missed! Godspeed on your heavenly journey!
Julia, Indiana
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January 16, 2009
I am so very sorry! I loved to watch her play in the mud with Tange. God Bless her and all of you :)

Jocelyn, Ohio
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January 16, 2009
Rest in peace, Dear girl.
Noelle Pelillo, Concord NH
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January 16, 2009
For some reason, when I found TES years ago, I was attracted most to Tange and Zula. I had to choose one to support financially (since I don't have much to donate each year) and it was Tange. But I've always thought of the two of them together. I even named two elephants my daughter has Tange and Zula! What will Tange do without her best friend?
AnnMarie, Oshkosh WI
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January 16, 2009
Dearest Zula,

When I look up at the sky tonight I will know that the brightest star will be you watching down over your sisters. My heart broke as I watched your tribute video knowing that you no longer grace the Sanctuary with your love. Those you left behind will grieve but hopefully another girl will come soon to help their hearts heal. You will never be forgotten.
Kathy, Webster, NY
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January 16, 2009
It is so sad that Zula has left so soon. My thoughts and prayers to the Sanctuary and Zula's sisters that she left behind.
Sue, Virginia
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January 16, 2009
I extend my sorrow for Zula's untimely passing, and my deepest sympathy and appreciation for all her caregivers.

Thank you for all you did to give allow her the right to comfort and dignity.

Best wishes to all at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Lise Sayer, North Plainfield, New Jersey
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January 16, 2009
I am so grateful to you for the last part of Zula's life lived in relative peace and human kindness.
Norma Martin, Sydney, Australia
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January 16, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear about Zula's passing.
donna jamison, United States
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January 16, 2009
I am so saddened in Zula's death. I know her spirit is with God. My heart goes out to you and her sisters. With love, Pat
Pat Roby, Laurel, MD
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January 16, 2009
This is so sad. I didn't realize until just now. I hope Tange is holding up and Flora is keeping her company. Although this just stabs at the heart, I am so thankful Zula lived in such a wonderful environment and knew only joy in the last years of her life. God speed, dear Zula. You will never be forgotten.
Lesley, Vancouver
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January 16, 2009
Zula spent her last years in total freedom. For that she thanks you. She lived like only an elephant can in the last years and for that I thank you. She is at peace and has gone to join the rest of her sisters in the big reserve across the rainbow bridge. Thank you for that.
gloria, Alvin Texas
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January 15, 2009
Zula you are absolutely magnificent and you always will be. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Lori VanEssen, Green Bay, WI
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January 15, 2009
Deepest sympathy to all who loved Zula. Thanks to TES for sharing her life with us. Fair winds, Zula.
Anne, Albuquerque NM
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January 15, 2009
To those at the Elephant Sanctuary, I send my condolences and fond wishes. In spite of her passing, I celebrate you because you gave Zula a chance at life. And that makes it all the more bittersweet.

Take refuge, much like she did, in the life she was able to live at the sanctuary.
Stephen, Michigan
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January 15, 2009
My deepest sympathy to all of you at the sanctuary in the passing of your beloved friend Zula. People around the world will be sharing their hearts with you in remembering your incredibly special girl, as her soul finds it way to the light.

"The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible. And there arriving, she is sure of bliss. And forever dwells in paradise."

Imagine the beauty of it -
that moment when the soul
of a loved one returns to the stars, the voices each
whispering, I remember you.

In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be playing. And so it will be as if all the stars were playing, when you look in the sky at night.

May peace and comfort be yours in the days ahead. With caring thoughts as you honour a treasured life.

Have a safe journey, precious one.

Angela Miller, Nova Scotia, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Beautiful Zula,

You were such a treasure. I can't imagine the depth of sadness your caregivers and Tange and Flora are feeling. I am so glad they have each other at this time. You were just a magnificent girl, everything an African ele ought to be and so wise and loving. You gave so much to so many. If you only knew how much you will be missed. I will not forget you sweetheart, not ever.

My love always,
Sue , Texas
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January 15, 2009
Rest in Eternal Peace Gentle Lady. You have left behind many broken hearts but we know you lived your last years in peace, harmony and happiness. Go find your Sweet Sisters and sing your music to the heavens.
Heather, Victoria BC Canada
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January 15, 2009
Rest in peace sweet Zula, rest in peace.
Elizabeth Porta, Canton NY
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January 15, 2009
I am so saddened to read of Zula's death. Her life was too short, but her final years were spent in a place where she experienced love, comfort, and freedom.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the staff at The Sanctuary.

Sandy Compton, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Zula, hopefully there really is a Heaven and you are there with your elephant family having a wonderful time. You will be missed for a long time by your people and elephant family, and may your light shine bright on all the rest of us for all our days.

Wish we could have met you.
Bill and Linda Grindstaff, Limestone TN
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January 15, 2009
Zula - you will be so missed. Your regal elegance and benevolence was a joy to watch.
L. Simon, North Vancouver, BC
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January 15, 2009
we are the lucky ones to have known you
Karen, MN
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January 15, 2009
Zula, The Elephant Sanctuary Staff, and Zula's sisters;
you were a light in our eyes and will continue to be for many years to come.

You are loved and will be in our hearts forever.
M R Thrower, Colorado Springs, CO
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January 15, 2009
Another smile in Heaven. God bless. And great thankfulness for your most wonderful and gracious caregivers you had on earth at the Sanctuary.
You will not be forgotten, just as the others who have gone before you.
Delores Wall, Langley, BC Canada
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January 15, 2009
Reiki sent for Zula's journey over the Rainbow Bridge.

Zula was a beautiful girl.

{{{HUGS}}} sent to her caregivers.

Raven, Roberts, WI. USA. Planet Earth
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January 15, 2009
You will be missed, Dear Zula. Please join your other sisters, who have passed on before you, in keeping watch over the sanctuary from afar.
Jackie Lang, Fargo, ND
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January 15, 2009
Sweet Dreams beautiful little girl. All my love forever, Dolores McDaniel
BluAbbeyFamily, Pittsburgh, Pa
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January 15, 2009
I love you sweet Zula. May you rest in peace. You were a beautiful and magnificent lady.
You will be missed by all.
Melissa Rogers, Tucson, AZ
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January 15, 2009
My heart is full of tears. Your friends both 2 and 4 legged will miss you very much. May you be walking in peace.
Ellen, Rio Rancho NM
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January 15, 2009
Dear sweet beautiful Zula,
We are in shock at your sudden leaving........you must have had your own special knowledge and instincts you could not share with us as to why.You will never fade from our conscious memory and I hope you are watching over us all from a new paradise. Thank heaven you had the wonder of TES and your much loved Tange and Flora to share it with as long as you could.
Carolelorraine, Marina del Rey,California
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January 15, 2009
Zula, you are in a better place than even The Elephant Sanctuary with you home herd - mother, grandmothers, sisters. To all at The Elephant Sanctuary, my deepest sympathies; I can only imagine the pain and loss you must feel.
Dorothy Green, Dallas, TX
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January 15, 2009
I had an inkling something was happening since there were no updates on the sites for the past several days. May you all receive the grace of grief and continue to draw on each others love and strength, as you have had to do so often these past two years. I am deeply saddened by by loss of Zula. The picture you have chosen for this page is majestic. Her complete presence is felt. My fondest memories are of Zula in her mud, she was a beauty to behold and her spirit will be forever felt.
To Zula
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the rain fall softly upon your fields.
And till we meet again, May the Goddess hold you in the palm of her hand.
(an old Irish Blessing)
Namaste

Mickey Lee, Victoria,BC
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January 15, 2009
Zula, my dearest ele. I am so saddened by your passing but I am so happy that you spent your last years with the love and attention that you so deserved and know that we know that you are in heaven with all of the ele's that passed before you. God bless the caregivers for giving you their very best of care. I know you have left this world peacefully and we will love and miss you always.

Karen and Jim Hair, Canton Tx
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January 15, 2009
Big beautiful girl, may angels guide you to heaven where it's always warm, muddy, the elephants frolic all day, and every kind of delight awaits you...oranges, watermelon, sugar cane....and loving caresses from your ancestors who will greet you with glee as you are reunited.
Dr. Liz Troester, St. Paul, MN
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January 15, 2009
My deepest condolences to the Sanctuary team who give so much to the humane treatment of elephants and show such great courage. Namaste Zula.
Danielle, San Francisco
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January 15, 2009
Go in peace sweet Zula and bless TES for giving you freedom.
Karen, Maryland
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January 15, 2009
Zula you are greatly loved and you are greatly missed. Condolences to all that are feeling her passing.

Lisa Camacho, Santiago,Chile
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January 15, 2009
Sweet beautiful lady. Resting at last, bathed in the love your friends gave you. I'm so sorry you couldn't ride for another fifty years. Rest easy knowing how much you are still loved.
Ellen Burkett, Southern California
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January 15, 2009
Oh so precious! Not knowing anything about elephants.. Zulu and the elephants like her are a testament to the phrase "Gentle Giants"

Zulu will be fixed in the heart of everyone who knew here in the Sanctuary as well as all over the world by people who knew her from the Sanctuary.

I know you are on a peaceful, playful, kind and loving journey free of pain and heart break.

We love you Zulu!
Ripflower, Norfolk, Va USA
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January 15, 2009
Zula, Rest In Peace dear Sister.
Karen, No California
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January 15, 2009
Good-bye Zula, you beautiful creature-----Peace be with you.
bonnie allen, spring green, wi
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January 15, 2009
I am sorry to hear of your passing Zula and my heart goes out to your elephant and human friends, especially Tange. I hope to see you one day at the bridge.
Jen Schrolucke, Delaware, Ohio
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January 15, 2009
Zula was a beautiful, magnificent lady, very special! I'm very sorry to hear of her passing, it will be everyone's loss, animal & human, alike. It's tragic for your sanctuary, that she had to leave so suddenly. With deep regards,
Diana J. Decker - supporter
Diana J. Decker, Kerhonkson, NY
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January 15, 2009
So sorry you have left us.
We are saddened by your departure but know you are in the loving arms of your maker!
Your sister elephants and humans will all miss you!
Rest well dear Zula.
M.B, Wyandotte, MI
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January 15, 2009
My daughter, Jennifer Thayer, worked with Zula and Tange at Chehaw through Pensacola Junior College and loved them. Jennifer is on her honeymoon. John, Michelle and I got to spend some time with Zula and Tange. We have some very fond memories of Zula and Tange and the keepers. A very special Tribute, thank you so much.
Linda Thayer, Pensacola, FL
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January 15, 2009
Zula you will never never be forgotten. You were a beautiful and precious soul. I am so glad I got to know you at least through cyberspace. Namaste.
Maggie, Victoria, Canada
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January 15, 2009
May God hold you close Zula, you will be deeply missed.
Cindy Takaht, Garfield, Ohio
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January 15, 2009
I love you, Zula. I'll protest at the circus this weekend, to speak up for you and your kin. Go in peace, and if you see our sweet cat Gwen, please give her our love.
Elizabeth , Florida
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January 15, 2009
Sweet, Sweet Zula,
I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You brought a magical sense of being to your sisters and caregivers and we, your friends and supporters of The Elephant Sanctuary will dearly miss you.

Safe journey, sweet girl, as you venture on your way to meet up with your sisters who will be waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

You will not be forgotten. You were so very loved.
Heather, Burnaby, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Dear Friends -- I am so privileged to be able to share my love of our elephants with a Kindergarten class in a school nearby, as I speak with them each spring -- 4 classes so far! My tribute to Zula, and to all her sisters, is to instill the love and respect for them that I feel in many young hearts. Rest in peace, Zula. with my love,
Karen Stickler, Johnstown, PA
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January 15, 2009
God Bless you dear soul..you were lucky to have had such a wonderful place to live....
Valerie, Manitoba, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Run Free Zula...

This world is poorer now,,,but was oh so rich with you here...
Connie, Texas
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January 15, 2009
Bless you Zula. Until the meeting at Rainbow Bridge - please watch over all the elephants. You are now another ele-angel.
Karen Ladson, NYC
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January 15, 2009
Rest in peace Zula. Bless all of those who cared for her while on this earth.
Gloria Lewis, Lawrenceville,Ga
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January 15, 2009
Zula, What a shock to read of your passing. The only thing that comforts me is to know that it was swift and you were surrounded by caring loved ones. We may never know why it was your time to go right now. I hope you are feeling the love well up from all of us here on earth. And know that you made a difference for elephants everywhere, captive and free....

Namaste,
H.H., Georgia
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January 15, 2009
Rest easy now and watch from above. From all of us down here fly high on the wings of our love. You will be missed dear friend.


Dana, Florida
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January 15, 2009
My Dear Friend,
I have missed you non-stop since that last day I spent with you on February 18 2004. I spent 16 years with you from a daily basis to a visit from time to time. The first time I saw you in June of 1988 i could have never imagined that an animal would have such an impact on my life. When i walked into that elephant barn at Chehaw that humid June day and saw you and Tange, all i could think was wow ya'll were more majestic and beautiful than any show on tv could portray. I watched with enthusiasm as Kathy explained all there was to to see from your growl, to you temperal spews, to your finger-like tips on your trunk. I could tell right away that as far as Tange was concerned you were in charge. The day i was welcomed into the barn as a member of "the herd" was on of the greatest days of my life. I have so many wonderful memories of you and T. One of my favorites is of Kathy and I trying to get you girls into that pool at Chehaw that you would get near other than to drink. I remember well the day you had your tusk surgery and how well you came out of sedation and back to your feet. The time i spent with you and T on a daily basis was probably the most relaxed and some of the most wonderful times of my life. Learning and watching you 2 girls was always a treasure and a blessing that i Thank GOD for alot. Not to many people can say that they have spent time with elephants on a daily, intimate basis. I can say that you and T were that gift to me. I was so glad when Barbara joined Kathy after i left the park because i could tell that you were going to be great hands with Kathy and the newest member of "the herd" Barbara. They had only your best interest at heart and they both love you more than anyone could ever know. I am glad i was apart of that love for a time. I am also thankful to Carol and Scott for allowing you girls to live out the remainder of your lives there at the Sanctuary. I would check in from time to time via internet and see how you were doing and always was happy with what i saw. I will miss you even more now knowing that i can't see u on the internet anymore but know that God took care of you and u are in an even better place now. When u get to the otherside of Heaven i want you to show them what that little girl said so many years ago at Chehaw, "Its a Zu Zu show". God bless u my friend and God bless the staff there at TES who know what a great Lady you were. You were a lady in the finest since of the word, and a lady always knows when its time to go. Ill miss u dearly and my heart will always have for you and T.
Ross "Roscoe". (Chehaw Park), Tallahassee, Fl.
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January 15, 2009
I've had a terrible feeling..that something was wrong.. ele-buzz wasn't updated. and Ned's page wasn't updated...
I thought something happened to Ned. But then i looked at my messages and saw that Zula passed away.. How sad.. My thoughts go to her ele sisters and all of the staff at TES. who i know have been through so much already... I hope we all find out what happened to her.
Marylee, Seekonk, Ma.
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January 15, 2009
SO sorry to hear about Zula. She seemed so full of life and she was obviously so very happy at the sanctuary.
Ann, British Columbia, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula, I am so sad to hear of your passing. I am sure you are with friends now on the other side. My tears are for you and for those that will deeply miss you. God Bless you and all the staff at TES. My prayers for everyone.
Diane Mattson, Loxahatchee, FL
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January 15, 2009
My deepest condolences to everyone -- people, elephants, dogs -- at TES on the loss of Zula.
Alana Thorpe, Cranston, RI
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January 15, 2009
dear, sweet Zula,
flower child,
mud Queen...

you captured my heart
from the first hello...

probing, loving,
caressing trunk,
ears at full flapping,
running to greet your friends
in the lane...

go gently, sweet child,
knowing you will always be here with us.

see there, waiting in the Field,
Delhi, Queenie...
and there's Joanna,
up on the hill...


David Keen, Winchester, VA
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January 15, 2009
What a sad sad loss to both of Zula's families and friends, elephant and human.
My deepest most heartfelt sympathies.
May you rest in happiness Zula, wherever your journey now takes you.
Patti, Kansas
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January 15, 2009
Oh, magnificent African sister. My heart is overflowing with sadness, my eyes overflowing with tears. The 'sky herd' has gained a treasure of kindness and grace. My most sincere condolences to all at TES. I cannot imagine your pain. Today I send comfort and peace to precious Tange and all of her other sisters. I am stunned.
Auntie Deb, Sac, CA
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January 15, 2009
It is a shock to learn about the loss of beautiful, regal Zula. Darling Zula, now you are in a better place, in the company of your lost family. I wish you eternal peace.
M. Berke, Orland Park, IL
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January 15, 2009
Dearest Zula.. choking back tears I SO sorry to hear that you have left your family and the ones who love and cherish you with so many questions. Your loss is as big as your heart. With tears in the way.. I just want to say I love you and hope you enjoy your freedom in Heaven that you so much deserve.

Love always,
Elizabeth Taylor, California
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January 15, 2009
Thank you for making us smile and for bringing joy to those you met. Your kind spirit will be missed by all...
JPB, NY
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula

You were such a pretty girl...we will miss you. You were too young to leave us. You had the best life at TES.

Tails up!
Sandi & the Airedales, Wadsworth Ohio
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January 15, 2009
Dearest Zula,
My heart is breaking at this news but I know that you're with the ele-herd in heaven and trumpeting with joy!! God Bless you and also Tange and all the ele-sisters and ele-brother and the wonderful caregivers at TES. This is a sad day for us all.
Rebecca, Nashville
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January 15, 2009
Good Bye sweet and magnificent lady. Your beauty and caregiving nature will shine light on your friends Tange and Flora. Your mud wallows will be a remembrance of you for dear Tange. When I visit Africa this year I will remember you to your wild sisters.
Donna M Capriotti, Reading, PA
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January 15, 2009
Fare thee well, of pachy angel you, may you be where no man will ever harm you again.
JACKIE, ASHLAND CITY, TN
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January 15, 2009
I'm so sorry Zula! I knwo you are definitely in elephant heaven now...
Nancy White, Uxbridge MA
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January 15, 2009
Zula, African sister
You witnessed your entire family killed in front of you
Taken away from you homeland by exploiters and abusers
Finally, you and sister Tange made it to sanctuary
Now you are suddenly gone
We are devastated but are comforted by this though;
Move toward the light Zula
Your mother and family are beckoning to you from the savannahs of Heaven. Jambo, Zula!

Nancy F, Edmonds, WA
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January 15, 2009
at a lost for words...the only comfort in a time like this is knowing that Zula spent her last days with friends,both elephant and human, in a place that was there for her...I'm sad that I will never get to meet Zula and my heart breaks for those all around the world that loved her
Laura Ammer, Memphis, TN
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January 15, 2009
It seems like only yesterday, in February 2004, when you and Tange first arrived at TES. From the moment I saw you, you exuded a confidence, pride and zest for life that was truly impressive. They are qualities one is born with, not learned.

Throughout the years you graced the pages of the website. On the web can and in each image, the same regal qualities were evident in your demeanor and posture. That is what I loved about you: you always stood proud and tall.

TES offered you as much freedom as a captive elephant can obtain. You seized the opportunity and showed us all how a free elephant can live. We thank you for it.

You are now part of the woods in which you roamed. Although you will be sorely missed, we celebrate a life that, unfortunately, was cut too short.

As a last gesture of appreciation for the magnificent lady and her life, I offer a final bow to Zula, the African Queen.
Tina, NJ
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January 15, 2009
Zula, you beautiful Africa queen,

You had such a stunning face and, oh, those ears. I know wherever you are there has got to be lots of mud and trees to knock over and maybe a dog or two to chase. I kiss your sweet face, RIP, Zula.
Janet, Cambridge MA
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January 15, 2009
I guess God needed another elephant angel.
Be careful, Ms Zula crossing the Rainbow Bridge. May you live a happy, carefree life in Heaven.

Long live the elephants !!
maggie willias, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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January 15, 2009
The sadness of Zula's passing is tempered by the joy she experienced the last five years of her life.
Tim T., Kentucky
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January 15, 2009
You will be missed, Dear Zula. I am sure you will be protecting your sisters from above.
Gail, New Mexico
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January 15, 2009
zula, you will be missed.
jennifer, lexington, ky
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January 15, 2009
GOD BLESS YOU MY DARLING ANGEL
I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER NOW, I LOVE YOU
FOREVER ANGEL... FROLIC IN PARADISE SWEET GIRL,YOU DESERVE IT.....
deborah lore, PEVELY MO
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January 15, 2009
What sad news to hear of Zula's sudden passing. I cry as I watch the video of her. Thanks to all there at the sanctuary she had such a wonderful life these last years and was loved by many. I wish you all peace as you go through this rough time. Peace to you Zula and your elefriends left behind....watch over them. We will miss you dear Zula...
Stacey, Illinois
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January 15, 2009
God blessed are the loving creatures the lord has given us...but now the Lord has called you home to his kingdom. The sanctuary gave you the heaven on earth you so deserve, now to enter our lords heaven shall be grand beyond all our imaginations.Be free, be strong and be LOUD for your true heaven has opened its doors to you and all creatures big and small are rejoicing in your arrival. you will be missed on this earth.
And to all the care givers,
blessed are you all for your love, kindness and HARD WORK... you are truly a cut above the rest!!!!! Thank You for all you do and my God Bless everyone of you ALL...
Tara Cunningham, Lohrville, IA
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January 15, 2009
Such sad news! What a beautiful girl. Even long distance, we get so attached to these girls that it is very emotional when one passes on. At least she was surrounded by friends and affection and had the benefit of a stress free life for awhile.
T Canginao, New Jersey
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January 15, 2009
Dearest Zula,

May you be at eternal peace with those you cherished during your life. Gentle trunk touches, majestic one...
Keri, Bel Air, MD
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January 15, 2009
What a beautiful girl you were. My heart is broken. You were surrounded with love and you have left a hole which will never be filled. I love you Zula. RIP.
Brenda Ramos, Bartlesville OK
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January 15, 2009
It is never, never easy to say good-bye. You were beautiful, cherished, and loved. I wish you happiness and peace and may you find your family you were so cruelly taken from years ago. Rest in peace--the elephant angels are waiting. Now you can look after ALL of those who need you.
Jennifer, Temple, TX
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January 15, 2009
Dear TES,
I am so sorry for your loss.
it is clear by all you do that you have incredible love and devotion for all of these beautiful elephants and each one of them is precious to you.
Zula looked magnificent in her video. She had amazing ears!
I rejoice that for the time she was with you she knew true sanctuary.


Valerie Marini, Bronxville, NY
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January 15, 2009
I'm sure you know about the Rainbow Bridge for dogs - there must be a comparable place for all the other animals when they leave our world where so many of them are cruelly treated. Zula is in a place where there is only love like the love she received with you at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Her friends left here, both elephants and you wonderful, caring humans who cared for her will see her again at the elephant Rainbow Bridge where all are happy. She and the others who have left will wait for you. What a wonderful reunion it will be!
Wanda Trotta, Plano Texas
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January 15, 2009
You left your lessons and legacy with the other elephants - you will live on in them.

So sorry to all of you for this sudden loss.

What a beautiful creature she was!
Nancy Pierson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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January 15, 2009
I am so sad to hear of Zula's passing. I visited her many times when she lived at Chehaw, before she retired to the Sanctuary. Zula and Tange were certainly my favorites at the park. I was so happy when they were able to retire to the Sanctuary and have more room. My heart goes out to Tange, who has been with Zula for so long and must surely be feeling lost right now. My family will remember Zula always.
Kate H, Albany, GA
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January 15, 2009
Zula, soar with the Angels and follow the trumpets of your sisters that have flown before you ...
Lisa Johnson, Beavercreek Ohio
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January 15, 2009
Dear TES,

Our thoughts and hearts are with you. Sincerest condolences.
Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Morgantown, KY.
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula,

I'm sorry to hear you left us, I hope you enjoy your life and God Bless You. My condolences to all the staff, and keep up the hope!


Elizabeth P, Manchester, NH
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January 15, 2009
Zula...how sad I am to hear of your passing. But, I am so thankful you had 5 yrs of bliss at TES. Sending positive energy to Tange to stay strong without her beloved friend...
RIT, MN
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January 15, 2009
To the TES staff,
My condolences on your loss.
I did not follow Zula's comings and goings as much as the Asian elephants but she seemed like quite the special lady.

I hope Tange does okay with the loss of her friend.
Martine Dubuc, Delta, BC Canada
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January 15, 2009
How blessed she was to have been prepared in your sanctuary for the paradise that she now enjoys. How blessed are we to have known of her existence and her loving ways.
You, the caregivers, are her tribute.
Hamba kahle, Sissie
(Go well, Sister)
Coral Anna Foster, Mt. Solon, Virginia (ex S. Africa)
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January 15, 2009
Zula, you were 'da bomb'..... exceptional beauty, such a personality, and loved by so many. It breaks my heart that Tange was your friend and now has to deal with this loss.

I marvel at the Sanctuary staff, who have gone through SO much grieving in the past few short years. Their stamina is unmatched; they continue to do what has to be done to make TES succeed.

Trumpets to you in your new "home". I'm sure you will make sure they know you have arrived. May you be surrounded by unending love there, just as you were here during your short stay at TES.

With love.
Kizzykat; Ele Fan Herd, Langley, B.C., Canada
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January 15, 2009
I am so sorry for the loss of Zula. What a beautiful elephant she was. I hope that Tange will be okay without her.
Barbara Gordon, Huntingdon Valley, PA
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January 15, 2009
I have had the honour to meet her a few years ago. Still deeply impressed by that. My heart especially goes out to Sannie, Tange and Flora. Love you.
Moniqueje, Holland
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula,
I'm grateful you found loving sanctuary here on earth in TN. Now you will forever grace the heavens and be with your mother at last. You will be missed here on earth. Farewell Beautiful girl...
Ann, NJ
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January 15, 2009
Zula,
You are such a majestic elephant! We miss you very much. You're forever free dear Zula, be forever free!
Stacie, Fort Collins, Colorado
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January 15, 2009
I know there will be no words to express how deeply saddened I am. To hear the news of Zula’s death has left me speechless and with a heavy heart. To everyone at TES please accept my deepest sympathy. You guys took loving care of her and it showed. Zula loved her freedom and that showed too.
Zula sure looked happy at the Sanctuary in the video as I viewed it with tears flowing down my face. Whoever does your memorial videos sure knows how to touch my heart.

Juanita Eisinger, Livonia, MI
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January 15, 2009
I was once able to stand in the proximity of the Africans and felt the overwhelming presence of their lives that has affected me ever since. The enormity of the pain suffered by those who have lived with and loved Zula is unfathomable, and I can only wish that your suffering will abate as quickly as possible. With our deepest sympathy.
Laura and Joel Shellhase, Boston, Ma
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January 15, 2009
I was so sorry to here about Zula's passing. What a beautiful girl.
Zula, you will be deeply missed by your sisters, the TES staff and your friends.
At least you are in a better place and with your sisters who have gone before.
Namaste Zula
Bev Saul, Wise, VA
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January 15, 2009
Wishing you a blessed journey, Zula and my deepest condolences to those who loved and cared for you. I only knew you by reading about you and I am sobbing for Tange's lost as well as theirs. May you be reunited with your family that were so cruelly taken from you.
Jacie Yonkees, Cheyenne, WY
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January 15, 2009
Dearest Heart, Sweet Zula-

I'm sorry that I didn't know you very well. I just finished reading everything I could find about you and Tange. It takes a lot of time to really get to know someone and though I've never seen you on the elecam, I check the African and Asian diaries everyday for news of everyone there. I really enjoyed reading about and watching all of the slide shows about your and Tange's preparations for your big move to Tennessee.

I'm so sorry, Zula. I hope that you didn't get too anxious nor suffered in any way. I'm so sorry for Tange, your lifelong companion. I'm also so very sorry for everyone else there at TES who is suffering great sadness over losing you. Let them know that they did their very best and that it was just your time to go.

Namaste, Sweet Angel. May you find bliss in that great savannah in the heavens. May Tange and all the rest of us find comfort in that wish.
Caite York, Gainesville, FL
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January 15, 2009
Dear TES, it is a sad time for you and for all of us who support you and our girls (and guy), yet we know that you always do what is right for these wonderful creatures, even in death. Zula was so young, so vibrant, so majestic, so FREE in these last five years. I remember reading about her and Tange in the archived African ele-diary, how you had to allow the girls to get used to the transport trailer over a protracted period of time, but your patience was rewarded when they finally loaded with complete trust in you and in their future, and without being forced in any way. I hope and pray that in the coming weeks and months, Tange and Flora can remain friends. My heart goes out to Tange especially for the loss of her adopted sister, and also to the African caregivers who loved and cared for her.
Maggie Baldwin, Saratoga Springs, NY
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January 15, 2009
My heart is aching for dear Zula. Thank you TES for making Zula's last years so good. I know you will take special care of Tange in her time of sorrow. God bless you, TES, for all you do. And God Bless Zula. Rest in Peace, sweet lady.
Cynthia Branham, Summertown, TN
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this note to you. You were fortunate to have lived several years with your friends at the sanctuary and I know you loved playing in the mud and pushing trees over. Now you are with the other sisters that have crossed over. Enjoy the next life dear girl.
Maureen, Pineville NC
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January 15, 2009
God Bless you, Zula. I wish your sisters and caregivers my deepest sympathy as they grieve your loss. You will live on with all who knew your gentle nature. I enjoyed watching you press through the forest with grace.

Colorado Purcells, Denver, CO
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January 15, 2009
Sincere and heartfelt condolences to all at TES. We weep that such a beautiful lady died so young, and we weep for those left behind to mourn. Thank you for sharing so much with us and know that we also share your burden of grief. God love all the gentle giants in your care.
Ruth Pullen, Flint, MI
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January 15, 2009
Dear TES,
What a beautiful, graceful and majestic elephant Zula was. Watching her videos showed her proud and strong. For just a moment she took the viewer to Africa and became one of her cousins - with quick, agile movements, a high lift to her head, always looking for new challenges. Now we are challenged with her loss. She will be missed and remembered always. Count on me for a contribution in Zula's name. Thanks for the hard work folks and deepest sympathy on her tragic loss.
lhall, Sacramento, CA
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January 15, 2009
Almost speechless with sadness, dear Zula,
To learn of your leaving, too soon.
To all your friends and human family I wish
The comfort of knowing
You are now pain-free and living among the angels
Gone before you.
Jane S., Toronto, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Was Zula ill? I am so sad. I can't believe it. What a beautiful girl. She will be missed.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula,

I am sorry to see you go, but I believe that you are now reunited with your mother and the rest of your family. We will miss you here, especially your adopted sister, Tange. So please "stop by" once in a while.

I hope that we will be able to find out what took you from us so suddenly and far too soon.

Love and condolences to all at TES.
T. J., Scottsdale, AZ
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January 15, 2009
I am so very saddened to read of Zula's passing. My heart hurts so for those left behind missing her and wondering why she is gone. All of the souls at the sanctuary- animal and human are in my thoughts. Having to be there in such pain and confusion. You are all so very special and create magic by giving these elephants a proper home. Safe and secure. Thank you for doing it so well. You gave Zula the very best gift ever..a life of freedom and respect. A life without pain and suffering. We all wish that when our time comes we are living a life enriched by love and respect.
Thank you for saving Zula when you did and may your broken hearts soon mend. Every soul at the sanctuary is a hero.
Namaste Zula, you beautiful, beautiful girl.
Tessie Maxwell, Rochester, NY
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January 15, 2009
Zula, you were a sweet, dear girl and you will be missed. I can't believe you left us so soon and without warning. Gentle trunk touches to all those you left behind with broken hearts and peace and love to you as you continue your journey.
Lisa, Alabama
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January 15, 2009
My dear, majestic Zula,
When Delhi passed we watched and kept updated daily on her anticipated passing and were prepared for her leaving us. Then Queenie expired and I still cry over her. It was so sudden. Now,I have just learned that you have joined the herd in the sky and I am crying again. You were loved and your memories will not die. You will be remembered for the beautiful being you manifested on this Earth. Tribute from one Ellie to another Ele. We'll miss you terribly.
Ellen , St. Pete, Florida
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January 15, 2009
What a joy for you to meet up with your sisters that have passed before you at the Sanctuary-may you forever enjoy the freedom and love found in heaven-
Juanita and Ani, Ottawa Ks
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January 15, 2009
To my Big, Beautiful Girl-
May your journey to the heavens be swift and the trumpeting joy from all that have journeyed before you welcome you in their embrace. You are at the Rainbow Bridge and may you frolic in the lush green land of God until united as one. You will be missed.

Namaste Zula
Eileen Hughes, Navarre, FL
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January 15, 2009
beautiful, gentle Zula....we will miss you so much....the shock is still with us, gentle trunk touches regal lady....
Susan, Port Coquitlam, B. C.
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January 15, 2009
I have always been fascinated by elephants, African more so than Asian, though both are amazing creatures. I am very sorry to hear of Zula's passing. I know that her presence will be missed by all. What words can convey the hugeness of her life, her spirit and her character. There are no words big enough. Rest easy, Zula. Your work here on earth is done.
Pam Lyons, Massachusetts
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January 15, 2009
Zula, you left us too soon. My deepest sympathies to Tange, Flora and all the Sanctuary staff who knew and loved her.
Amy Mayers, Washington, DC
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January 15, 2009
Sad news about dear Zula dying so young. May she be at peace.
Thank you to all TES staff for the love and care given to all the elephants.
Marisa, Medway, MA
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January 15, 2009
Dearest Zula, I read that you had passed last night during my nighly review of what's new on the elepages. Words can't even describe how my heart feels. It hurts. I love you.
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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January 15, 2009
Ears flowing
a swaying grace
playful

tender heart
kind eyes
nuzzle love

world traveler
exciting life
continental!

Zula makes me want
to return
a muddy
pachyderm


Debra Keipp, Point Arena, California
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January 15, 2009
I cannot imagine how difficult a loss must be to all of you. What a beautiful creature Zula was. My thoughts and prayers are with you. What helps, is watching the CBS segment on Tara and Bella. What a wonderful story that was, and what a tribute to Carol and Scott.
Olivia Carpenter Gibson, Snellville, GA
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January 15, 2009
Rest In Peace dear girl. It hurts my heart to lose you so soon after meeting you. I'm sure you were welcomed at The Rainbow Bridge. Though your time on earth was far too short, you'll be in our hearts forever.
Tricia, Texas
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula,

I'm so happy that you found sanctuary during the last five years of your life, and was able to experience the joy and freedom you were meant to have. May you rest in peace dear Zula.

Millie, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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January 15, 2009
Dear Zula
When you arrived, all we could see
A new barn encased by many a tree,
Then behold! Your instincts so naturally born,
Those trees vanished, as from the soil they were torn,
It was your Savannah, your very own,
We saw it happen, that's how it became known,
Suddenly we no longer could see,due to one fun-filled day,
All quickly forgotten, as we recognized your need to play,
You had some serious business, the matter of domination,
You worked through that nicely, leaving us,
To marvel at one of Gods greatest creations.
Fay Morris, Victoria, B.C.
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January 14, 2009
Much love and peace to you, beautiful Zula.
Kristin, KY
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January 14, 2009
My darling Zula, I will miss you terribly as will your sisters and best friends, you old mud hen.We sometimes don't know why things happen as they do but we know how much it hurts. Rock on girl. From your friend Debi in Oregon.
Debora Green, Scappoose Oregon
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January 14, 2009
Oh Zula I am so sorry to learn you have left us. I have enjoyed getting to know you here at the web site. You will be very much missed.

I would like to thank all the wonderful people at the Sanctuary for trying to save her at the end. I am sure you were all frantic trying to figure out what had happened to Zula. It was her time. This is difficult in that Zula was only 34.

I hope we can get an answer to what took her so soon and with no warning. I am glad that her last years were at the Sanctuary. It is truly a very special place.
Carol Hassen, Avondale Estates, Georgia
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January 14, 2009
You going away seems particularly hard for me dear, Zula. It is too much to comprehend right now. Dear heros at the Sanctuary, thank you for her wonderful days with you all. Peace to Tange and Flora. I am so glad they have each other. We will miss you, our African Queen.
Angie, California
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January 14, 2009
The little tree bows with great sadness
Another angel has come home
Another branch it will grow in the spring
To cradle this newest star
May we all know the peace that these girls have known
Their passing may be hard for most, but it is merely
going on to another part of home...No longer seen, although
quite a few of us do believe we see our angels…
...Our heart and stars

Rest in peace dear girl.
Merilee Newman, Tollhouse, California
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January 14, 2009
Dear Zula,
The power, majesty and grace of your being was an awesome and beautiful life force. You are greatly loved and you will endure in our hearts and our efforts for your sisters and brothers world-wide.
a.d, TN
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January 14, 2009
Zula-baby, everytime i saw you your excitment and energy was over-flowing. you were always a joy. you deserved sanctuary longer than you had it. you''ll be missed by everyone every day. i love you so much.
Kelly Costanzo, 'Buffalo, NY
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