The rumors are true, there is another elephant coming to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, but it’s not who you think. We would like to introduce you to Mara. She will be the next female Asian elephant to come to ESB. She is a little butterball of an elephant who we absolutely adore. Currently, she resides at the Ecoparque Buenos Aires (formerly the Buenos Aires Zoo.) They are another Argentinian facility that is changing their model involving the rehoming exotic species to suitable sanctuaries, including their elephants. It is quite the undertaking, and we are thrilled that their progressive transformation means Mara gets to join our girls at the sanctuary.
We’re sure there will be a ton of questions, most of which we hope to be able to answer. Her transport crate arrived at the Park today, so we wanted to make sure to share the good news now. As most of you know, generally, Scott arrives with the crate, and this means an elephant will be on their way very shortly. This is not the case with Mara. The Park requested that her transport container be delivered sooner. Mara still has to undergo a full 30-day quarantine, which she is already trained and ready for. Her import and export permits are done, but a few more small pieces need to be put into place.
Mara is another grandma, in her mid-50s, and shares her habitat with two African elephants. They do not share a space at the same time, so when Mara is out, they are in, and vice versa. She now has a lovely care staff and a behavioral/training team that have made sure she is ready, taken care of, and loved. There are even some caregivers from Pelusa’s zoo there. ❤️ Overall she is in good health, with some chronic foot issues. She is vocal and as cute as could be. Before coming to the zoo, she was a circus elephant and has an aggressive history. As you all know by now, her history is not who she really is, some of which we already see glimpses of and more that will emerge in her new sanctuary life.
We will keep you posted as more details are finalized, but you can already begin opening your heart to Mara and letting her know how much love is coming her way. In the meanwhile, we will make sure that Lady is in a good place before bringing another elephant to the sanctuary. Lady’s doing great, but we want to make sure she is a little more confident and comfortable before the herd continues to grow.
For those who are ready to donate to her transfer, hold tight for one minute as the Ecoparque will be paying for Mara’s transport. Part of the tremendous commitment that the city of Buenos Aires made to their transformation of the Ecoparque is to cover the cost to rehome the animals under their care. We will have a few travel expenses with a rental car and airfare for our team but these will be minimal. More to follow, stay tuned and yes, it’s time for another celebration for another lucky elephant!
December 23, 2019