Saying Goodbye to Our Beloved Winkie
Animal Stories from


The Elephant Sanctuary
May 2017

winkie elephant

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Asian elephant Winkie at age 51.

The Sanctuary family remembers Winkie’s jubilant nature and will be forever moved by the loving bond between her and her closest companion, Sissy.

“Winkie was one of the most affectionate, playful, and silly elephants I have had the privilege of getting to know,” said Kaitlin S., Asia Habitat’s Lead Caregiver.

“She loved her herd-mate Sissy more than anything in the world, always standing near her while she napped, running to her side if she ever got excited or upset, swimming with her in the pond, and grazing with her wherever she went in the habitat. Winkie will forever hold a very special place in my heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

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