A Quick Update to Let You Know That Everything Is Good


Just a quick update this morning to let everyone know that everything here is good.  We had several people ask yesterday if Lady was okay, and others asking if the girls’ food was impacted. So we are posting a photo of Lady from this morning.

Lady is fine. As we mentioned in a post yesterday, we knew she was feeling a little uncomfortable with all of the strangers around, and since she doesn’t always like photos taken we chose to respect that about her and not take any.  But this morning she was much lighter so we took a couple of photos so you can see she is all good.

And as for the girls’ food being impacted, as we mentioned yesterday almost all of Yards 4 and 5 are untouched and that’s where they spend most of their time.

Yards 1, 2, and 3 were also untouched by the fire – so they are fine as well.  The only minor impact on food available from the habitat for the girls is the palms that we collect from outside of the actual elephant area, and although some of them did burn there are many many many palms that still remain. They are something that thankfully do not burn well.

Depending upon time we may do an update later in the day, but we at least wanted to let everyone know that all is well, and as I write this you can actually hear raindrops – although I don’t want to jinx it.

Photo: Lady eating breakfast in the company of nearby anis (the little black birds) who were just out of the photo.

October 11, 2020


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    Terry says

    bring on the rain!!! thanks for the updates! hello sweet lady!!!

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      Sunny says

      Thank for keeping us inform ?

      • FRANCINE FORD says

        Thank you for the update. So happy to hear that the ladies will not be horribly impacted by the fire. Doing a rain dance for y’all.

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    Deb Moore says

    Thank you. I am breathing better with this news. Stay safe. THANK YOU. I was concerned about space moving forward, and if this will impact acquiring elephants with less land not stripped by fire, if that makes sense.

    Just hope there is still enough for the elephants coming, including the Africans. Many thanks.

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    Andy Ingram says

    Ahh lovely. Thank you for being so considerate of us supporters of your work, keeping us informed and for all you do.

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    Ufffa!!!!!!! Ainda beeem que tudo esta em calma e que todos estao bem! Nada pode interromper o trabalho impeçavel que vcs fazem! Todos os seguidores estamos na torcida, cada um do seu jeito, para que sempre possam continuar trabalhando com amor e dedicaçao. Obrigada obrigada obrigada! O trabalho que voces fazem e admiravel desde todos os pontos de vista.

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    margareta.kjellstrom says

    Glad to hear that all of you are OK! Terrible, terrible that this fire should happen to you! Have you got insurances that will cover the loss of land? Are 85% of your 2.800 acres of land destroyed? Take care of you. Margareta from Sweden

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      Kat Blais says

      Our lawyer is talking with the insurance company to figure out what is/isn’t covered. Like many things here, we’re sure it will take a while to get sorted out. The land that is burned is undeveloped, so the pastures completely burned, small trees did as well, but old-growth trees and around the creeks did fine. It’s not total devastation, but the damage is significant.

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    Maria Villa says

    Yayyyyy!!!! So glad.

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      Barb Campbell says

      Thank you so much for keeping us in mind by these updates. We worry because we are not there but you keep us so informed I feel we are up by the barn watching. Thank you so very much you are awesome ????☹️?

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    Elizabeth MacIntosh says

    Thank you so much for the update this morning and it’s a relief to hear that all remains well post-fire and that the elephants’ immediate habitats survived in good shape. Hoping all the humans are doing well also – most would be shell-shocked and completely exhausted after this major event, but we know you are no ordinary people! We are sending very best wishes to all, both animals and humans! I imagine the air quality is not too good – have you noticed any difficulties for the elephants with breathing the smoky air? I know the rains will be so welcome for so many reasons!

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    Renee' Killian-Zeiger says

    You all (Or y’all as we southeastern U.S. residents say) are so thoughtful and kind to keep everyone updated in all your busyness of taking care of those sweet ladies! Thank you most for the update of
    Ladybug ? as she pulls at my heartstrings! Praying for the rains to nourish the land around you and for the enjoyment of the ele girls!

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    elaine richard says

    You guys seem to be among the few grown-ups out there. Not only starting yesterday’s news of the fires thinking of US and allaying OUR worry, but letting us know this morning that things are sort of okay. which is very good news. My heart is returning to its regular beat! Like others, I’d been concerned not only about their food but, worse, your all having to breathe smoke. Please god/universe/Mother Nature/whatever that those few raindrops turn into serious rain. Thanks so much for taking the time despite, I’m sure, being exhausted. You prove yet again that you’re the best.

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    Carmen Lucia Souza says

    Our thoughts and good energies are directed towards you, the girls and all the animals that are part of the Sanctuary big family. Thanks for updates!

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    Wim says

    Thanks for the update. Lady’s looking great.
    Will be so much extra work for all of you.
    Hope there’s no after stress for any of you.
    Thinking of you all.?

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    german says

    Gracias por informarnos , me preocupo desde el principio de los incendios que el fuego llegara ahi. Que alivio inmenso que esten todos bien , La pachamama, va a cuidar a los que la cuidan, Gracias por estar ahi.

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    Sherry says

    Raining in Wilmington, NC USA too! Love, love, love the rain! ………and God said there would be rain!

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    Rosie P says

    I am beginning to feel calmer now after the update. Thank you so much for this. You have been in my thoughts all day. So good to see Lady and to know she is doing well, too.
    I pray those raindrops increase and keep on going!
    Loving thoughts coming your way from the UK.

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    Alana says

    Fire is part of the natural cycle for renewal. I bet the girls will love all the new greenies. Let it rain! Thanks for the update, good to know all is well.

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    Alicia Montenegro says

    Gracias por tenernos al tanto de como están las cosas por ahí, Dios quiera que llueva!!!??????

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    Debbie Sides says

    So grateful everyone is okay and safe! Thank you for keeping us updated.

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    Paula says

    Muchas gracias por la actualización!❤
    Ustedes tienen un corazón de oro…en estos momentos,con lo ocupados que ustedes están, piensan en nosotros también!
    Su generosidad no tiene límites!
    Los amamos y acompañamos todo el tiempo! Fuerza y a seguir adelante sin ver hacia atrás!
    Amor a las valientes damas!

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    arie says

    Very relieved there is so little damage!

    And about the weather, wouldn’t you consider calling ‘Rainman’ ?

    Keep save ?❤️

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Thank you so much for the thoughtful update. Lady looks comfortable and wonderful. COME ON RAIN!!!

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    Nancy says

    Lovely to see Miss Lady looking calm and well. Thank you so much for the news this morning. Hoping for loads of rain for you

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    Patricia says

    So good to hear this! I hope your air quality is okay. And praying for rain!!! Love to you all.

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    Cyrann says

    Huge sigh of relief!!!!!!!!
    So glad everyone is safe………. ❤️?

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    Nishant Bhajaria says

    This is such a relief. Please stay safe.

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    Ercie says

    I’m glad all the elephants/animals are safe, but what about Kenya’s barn and fencing. Will the fire delay her coming to sanctuary next year.

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      Kat Blais says

      Her barn and fencing are fine, the habitat did suffer from the fire, but it will recover in time for Kenya’s arrival. Pocha and Guillermina are scheduled to come first, so things should be lush and green when it’s Kenya’s turn.

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    Sallie says

    Our Lady looks great! So happy all is good, especially the air quality for all you breathing creatures! Continue to be well and safe. Thank you for the update, it means so much to know that everyone is safe.

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    Carey says

    Relieved to everyone is ok except for a blackened landscape…..which wii soon be green again. I hope you can get the boundary with you neighbour sorted out . Well done all, the heat must have been tough sun plus fire

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