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Sanctuary Memories: Kat’s First Meeting With Maia

As part of our ongoing Sanctuary Memory series, Kat shares some of her experience with the first time she met Maia. Maia and Guida were kept on a farm in Brazil after being confiscated from a circus where they had been for many years. Because there was nowhere for the two of them to go once the circus was not able to use them, they moved them to a farm owned by the lawyer for the circus, where they were kept in a small yard, surrounded by hotwire that also divided the two of them. Both were chained and only had enough space to take about 3 to 4 steps in any direction. Kat remembers, “There were no shade trees, no grass, and a lot of black, disgusting mud that an elephant should not be standing in for 24-hours a day.”

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Sanctuary Memories: Meeting Bambi

As part of our ongoing Sanctuary Memories series, Scott talks about his first meeting with Bambi and how deeply she changed between the first time they saw one another and the second. That first meeting occurred in 2013, when Bambi was living at the Leme Zoo in Sao Paulo. Scott remembers, “She was adorable and cute and shiny and bright, even though she lived in a small space. Her personality was charming and endearing.” A couple of years later, Bambi was moved to the Ribeirao Preto Zoo and, at that point, everything changed for her. 

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Sanctuary Memories: Meeting Lady

As part of our ongoing series on sanctuary memories, Scott shares some of what he recalls about his first meeting with Lady. Before Lady was transported to sanctuary in 2019, she was living in a zoo; she’d previously been confiscated from a circus, where she’d lived for decades, and a court was attempting to find the right home for Lady – a place where she would receive the best care possible. 

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Sanctuary Memories: Meeting Rana

As part of our ongoing Sanctuary Memory series, Scott shares his thoughts on the first time he met Rana. In 2018, Rana was living at a combination zoo/hotel/waterpark on the Brazilian coast. The property had recently been sold and, though the owners were phasing out the zoo portion of the facility, they sought out a place where Rana could have a better life. Her enclosure was on top of a hill in a field and had a truly spectacular view, but there was little interaction between Rana and anyone or anything else. “One of the most striking things about her was how completely isolated she was,” Scott remembers. “She’s perhaps the most isolated elephant I’ve ever seen and, with that, also the most starved for engagement.”

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Sanctuary Memories: Scott Catches a Special Moment From Above

A while back, Kat shared a memory of the first time she saw Maia stand over Guida up close  when Guida was asleep. Today, Scott shares his sanctuary memory of the first time he saw this behavior, through from a different perspective – literally. When Elephant Sanctuary Brazil first got it’s drone (lovingly called Wall-E), Scott decided to test it out by flying over the valley and down into the habitat. Maia and Guida were the only elephants at sanctuary in those days and, as Scott says, “We had been watching their relationship evolve over time and then become lighter and softer, and much more social and connected.”

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Sanctuary Memories: Morning Light With Ramba

Many of you may remember the late, beloved elephant, Ramba, who was one of the inspirations for creating Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. We first learned about Ramba all the way back in 2009 and had been searching for a way to help her for years. Once Scott and Kat made the decision to establish ESB, Ramba was the first elephant on their minds. Known as “The Last Circus Elephant in Chile,” she was confiscated from the circus for abuse and neglect. It was a very complex and difficult project to bring Ramba to Brazil (read her miraculous story here), but from the first moment she stepped onto sanctuary ground, she seemed to understand all of the things we’d been telling her about what life could be like. 

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