Asian Male Habitat – Status Update

Over the past few weeks, construction crews (both our employees and two sets of contractors) have been working on several aspects of the male Asian habitat. The foundations for the pillars and the pillars themselves are all up, which made the structure look a bit like a palace, with lots of columns along the sides. 

We have three crews at work: a barn crew, a fence crew, and the GSE workers. Our sanctuary crew is building the insides of the barn and stalls, since they require a specific and more complicated construction. Several of the stall walls are up and everything on that end is moving right along. 

Fence posts began going up as soon as we were given approval to begin construction. At this point, there are significant stretches of fence that have been built. That’s continuing at a regular pace. 

The trusses of the roof have been added and the workers will be back next week to begin to put the actual roof on the barn. 

We just wanted to give you a glimpse into what your support has accomplished, as we move forward with creating a home here at sanctuary for male elephants as well.


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    Alejandra Enquin says


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    Carol says

    Fabulous progress!!! Nothing but the best for our “babies”💙💙💙

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    Deb says

    This is such WONDERFUL news!
    It’s comforting to know Tamy won’t be left behind for long.
    Thank you for all you do!

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    Katie Howard says

    More progress! Congratulations! 😊

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    Melinda Barnett says

    Looks a lot like Kavaan’s sanctuary in Cambodia. Thank you so much for constructing this!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    This is so exciting to hear! Thank you for this update!

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    Tammy says

    We are all so very excited cant wait to see the finished product! 👏👏👏

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    Susan Flewelling says

    Thanks so much for the update. Keeping us aware of progess in so many aspects of the rescue is very much appreciated.

    With regard to the Asian elephants, are they more difficult to interact with and treat than the African elephants? The ladies at sanctuary now seem to have generally calm demeanors

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      Sara says

      African elephants are sometimes more outwardly expressive, but not necessarily more difficult to work with. Our experience is that that every individual is different. So, truly, we won’t know until an African elephant gets settled in and we get to know her.

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    Susan Flewelling says

    Sara, thank you for your response. obviously I have been confused. I thought the male elephants coming in were a different species from the ladies. So if I am on the right track now, both the males and females are/will be Asian. Colour me embarassed but won’t make that mistake agaon. 🙄

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      Sara says

      No need for embarrassment. It can be very confusing. I admit that in the early days I did the same! But there are very, very few male African elephants in South America.

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    Jeff Westrich says

    Other than Tamy, how many male Asian elephants are there currently in South America and how many do you plan on bringing to sanctuary?

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      Sara says

      Numbers on how many males there are differ depending on who you ask. But right now, we are only planning for one at the moment. But things can always change.

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    Anita J says

    Amazing progress! You guys r truly super fast with your work on needed habitats! I know that there is room for 10 Asian females , and there are plans to have three African ladies. Tamy is most important and as a male he is a loner anyway. Said that, he will be able to interact at least with Pocha and Guillie if he so wishes! Sooo much to look forward to! It will be a very busy, happy place. And amazing to watch their new lives soon. Thank you to all your commitment and hard work. Thank yous will never b enough💖💖💖

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    Jenn says

    Such a regal palace entrance into Tamy’s imminent sanctuary.
    I am so impressed with all the work you guys and gals do.
    Hang in there Tamy! And all eles in captivity. Big big elephant sized love…

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    Wim says

    Must be a wonderful feeling watching and building the paradise from bottom to top.
    This is another beautiful gem for new 🐘🐘🐘.
    Good luck with realising your and our dreams. 👋👋👋

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Thank you for the photos of the progress. It will be so exciting to see it completely finished and ready to give yet another elephant the freedom he deserves.

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    Lori Hoover says

    WOW!! WOW WOW WOW is just about all I can manage. I am so amazed and impressed that the Asian male habitat is this far along. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for Tamy to see it all someday soon.

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