Tamy is the lone male elephant at Ecoparque Mendoza. For the past 20 years, he has shared a common wall with his daughter Guillermina and Guillermina’s mother, Pocha. Many of you have voiced concern over what happens to Tamy once the two ladies come to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Our hope is that he, too, can call ESB home, but there is a lot that needs to be done to make that happen. The first step is to build a habitat for male Asian elephants.
One of our biggest fundraisers of the year, The Big Payback, is May 5-6th. It’s a 24-hour fundraiser filled with bonuses for participating nonprofits, and we will be dedicating the dollars raised toward Tamy’s habitat. For those who are not familiar with The Big Payback, last year we won over $10,000 in bonuses during this event, in addition to the donations received. Please mark your calendars and save the date. You can be part of providing Tamy with a life of sanctuary that male elephants rarely have the opportunity to experience.
For those who don’t know Tamy very well, he is approximately 50 years old and has been living in his below-ground enclosure at Mendoza for over 30 years. Prior to that, he grew up in the circus. You can learn more about his life here.
Tamy’s fundraiser is our most ambitious to date. The price of used steel has doubled in recent months and male enclosures need to be taller and stronger, but we have faith that together we can do what is needed. Our sanctuary family may be small, but you are mighty! And Tamy, with his small ears and somewhat withdrawn personality, deserves a chance at happiness and healing, no matter his gender.
Thanks to those in Brazil who have donated through the #VemTamy campaign, those in Argentina donating through the Idea.me fundraiser, and a few generous donors in the US, we have a good head start. We will share more details and updates before the big event, but wanted to make sure everyone knew Tamy is always in our thoughts. Now it’s time to come together to make his future at sanctuary a reality.
Please put May 5th on your calendar and join us in creating #TamysTomorrows.
Photo of Tamy playing with a branch that was cut for him.