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  • Ed Stewart work at PAWS
    "My cats helped get me through it," says Ed Stewart while he reflects on the loss of long-time partner Pat Derby during a quiet moment with Julie, foreground, and Buzz in his home which he shared with Derby who passed away last year. Stewart and Derby worked together with elephants and many other animals at the PAWS (Performing Animals Welfare Society) in Galt and their ARK 2000 facility in San Andreas, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Ed Stewart and Pat Derby give affection to Tammy, a 52-year-old Asian at the PAWS Galt Sanctuary Tuesday, December 3, 2002. Four Asian elephants joined two African elephants that have already been transferred to the ARK 2000 facility in San Andreas.
    RANDY PENCH
  • Ed Stewart and Pat Derby are highlighted by the setting sun at the PAWS Galt Sanctuary Tuesday, December 3, 2002.
    RANDY PENCH
  • Ed Stewart and Pat Derby at PAWS in 2002
    Ed Stewart and Pat Derby visit with one of their Asian elephants at the PAWS Galt Sanctuary on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 in Galt, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Ed, left, and Pat stand with Mara, left, and 71 both 21-year-old African elephants at the new PAWS facility, ARK 2000 in San Andreas Wednesday, December 4, 2002. Mara and 71 were slowly getting used to their new surroundings. They had to be be lured out of the 20,000 square-foot barn so they could spend time in a fenced-in 65-acre enclosure.
    RANDY PENCH
  • Pat Derby shares a tender moment with Tamara, 45, one of two newly acquired Asian elephants. The other elephant, Annie, 36, stands in the background. Both has come to PAWS from the Milwaukee Zoo two weeks earlier.
    RANDY PENCH | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Ed Stewart works at PAWS
    Ed surveys the elephant barns and pasture from a hill at his ARK 2000 facility on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Ed Stewart work at PAWS
    An elephant gets a warm bath from Ed Stewart at ARK 2000 on Thursday, October 10, 2014 in San Andreas, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Ed Stewart work at PAWS
    Ed uses carrots to coax an elephant along a fence line trail at ARK 2000 on Thursday, October 10, 2014.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Ed Stewart works at PAWS
    During a quiet moment recently at his home, Ed Stewart, whose lifetime partner Pat Derby passed away last year reflects on their life together taking care of elephants and many other animals for more than 30 years at their first PAWS (Performing Animals Welfare Society) location in Galt and later at ARK 2000 in San Andreas.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • Ed Stewart works at PAWS
    An elephant walks along a ridge line at ARK 2000 at ARK 2000 on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in San Andreas, Calif.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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