Shirley, second oldest elephant in North America, dies at age 72 at Tennessee elephant sanctuary
HOHENWALD, Tenn. (WTVF) — Shirley, the second oldest elephant in all of North America, has passed away at 72. She retired to The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee in 1999.
Shirley defied the odds, living far beyond the life expectancy for an Asian elephant.
Veterinary teams had been closely monitoring Shirley over the past several weeks. She weakened to the point where she could no longer stand up. The staff agreed that, as always, Shirley was communicating her needs and wishes — that her time had come and she peacefully passed away.