Fencing update: We are currently constructing the fencing for the female African habitat, which will allow us to begin rescuing Elephant Sanctuary Brazil’s first African elephants. We have already agreed to provide homes for three African elephants from Argentina – Kenya (Mendoza), Kuky, and Pupy (Buenos Aires).
This fencing project has hit numerous snags. There are material shortages due to COVID, and the most recent dry season was the most extended in recent history, meaning it was unsafe to weld. The wildfire that devastated much of our land also led to erosion, making it hazardous for concrete trucks to drive onto the property until roads were repaired. Construction is finally moving at a normal pace – which is to say it is speeding along.
We have brought on an outside team to work on building these fences. Initially, there was some hesitation with hiring an outside company to take on this project. Our maintenance team has learned the intricacies of plotting, aligning, and welding fences, but our group is too small (and busy) to complete this and everything else that needs to happen at the sanctuary on their own. In order to grow at the rate that is truly needed, additional help was a necessity.
Our detailed electrician Antonio, who we like and trust, offered to put together a team of subcontractors. We were reluctant to initially share the news until things moved forward a bit. Now that they’ve been working for a few weeks, we can say that both sides are happy with the arrangement. The team is friendly, hard-working, and detail oriented. If the quality of their work remains consistent, we hope to use the same team for Tamy’s fencing. The sanctuary’s maintenance team is still helping out where needed, doing the more specific, intricate work, such as gates and training walls.
The African barn and Yard 1 are finished! Like in the Asian habitat, the yards are adjacent so, with Yard 1 complete, the first fence of Yard 2 is complete as well. All the vertical posts are in the ground for Yard 2 (and therefore, the first fence of Yard 3). Some of the horizontal pieces are also welded on the side fence lines of Yard 2.
The most exciting news is that we can now begin the arduous permit process for the first African elephant to come to sanctuary. Once the next permit is approved, Mendoza can begin with permits on their end to bring Kenya to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. With the completion of the first three yards, the same process can begin for Kuky and Pupy as well. All three yards will be completed before Kenya’s arrival.
As many of you know, the process can be long, but the African elephants in Argentina are one step closer to a life of sanctuary!
The rebar structure pictured at the top is a trailer our team built to move the pipes up the hill.