We recently sent our followers a request for help in rebuilding the top portion of the dilapidated bridge that leads into and out of the sanctuary, and you responded quickly and with enthusiasm.
That’s why we say time and again that our supporters are among the most loyal and dedicated we’ve ever known.
Because you were able to provide the needed funds so quickly, we began making the arrangements for improvements immediately. It took over a week for the wet ground to solidify enough for a concrete truck to make it to the sanctuary. But now the concrete has been poured onto the form we’d built while waiting. Our team is standing by for a week so the cement can cure before moving the slab into place.
It will require about two days of work to rebuild the bridge: our staff must carefully disassemble what is left of the wooden planks, and then we plan to reinforce parts of the bridge structure itself, which we rebuilt with steel a few years ago. Once that has been completed, we will add the slab on top.
Because you surpassed the fundraising goal set for the bridge, the excess funds went toward the cost of concrete needed for the retaining wall in the male Asian elephant barn. We decided that constructing this wall would aid with run off and keep the dirt flooring in the barn clean and dry. The wall runs more than the full length of the barn, and the maintenance crew has spent the last week building section after section. The backside has been coated, a drain placed, and the wall backfilled – which provided significant enjoyment for the dogs with the giant piles of fresh dirt.
You can see a photo here of the team spreading the concrete and a picture of the completed retaining wall. Our thanks to you for helping us make the sanctuary a safer place for all!