CURRENT PROGRESS

(partial update 11/14/23)

Construction Update

There is always work to be done!
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Flight Cage 2

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Construction continues on the male Asian habitat. The barn and three stalls in the barn are finished, and we added a retaining wall to protect the structure during rainy season. The first yard’s fencing has also been completed and both Lady and Rana have spent time there. Though we knew that the fences would be larger than those of the female habitat, it’s quite impressive to see how tall and sturdy they are when they are in front of you. Fencing takes the longest time, since it requires miles of steel be installed, but we’re proud of the work that’s being accomplished. Now that the rainy season has begun, it’s safer for us to weld the fences; we have to be incredibly careful during dry season. So, we expect work to continue in earnest as the days go by.

The barn and the first three yards of the female African habitat have been completed and are ready for Kenya, Pupy, and Kuky. (See the photo above.) We will need to expand that habitat shortly after their arrival in order to give them the necessary room to explore, heal, and learn how to be elephants again. You can donate to this expansion through our Room 2 Roam fundraiser or via the general donation page.

Our construction crew is in the process of completing a large flight cage for birds in the rehabilitation program. It’s a large structure, 21 meters by 8 meters long and 5 meters high. This will allow birds which are brought to us by local authorities to strengthen their flight skills before being released back into the wild.

Rescue Updates

All for the elephants

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Update on Elephants Waiting for Sanctuary

  Tamy has recently been given access to their Pocha and Guillermina’s old area at the ecoparque.  Mendoza contracted Ingo to begin his positive reinforcement training, which he will need to learn behaviors necessary for import into Brazil. These requirements are government dictated and were created to protect animals in Brazil. They include vaccinations, blood tests, parasite treatment, and other things.  Right now, it is all about introducing Tamy to the concept of positive reinforcement training. As an ex-circus elephant, the only type of training he knows is dominance based. So, learning he is rewarded for performing a certain behavior versus punished when he doesn’t do as he is asked is a big first lesson.

The initial visit with Ingo lasted for a few weeks and now the ecoparque staff will need to take what they have learned and continue on from there. This is only the beginning of Tamy’s training and he still has a lot to learn, but it’s a positive step.

Kenya is currently scheduled to come to ESB next, though she, Kuky, and Pupy are still waiting on permits to be approved. Kuky and Pupy’s Argentinian export permits have been approved and we are now waiting on their import permits for Brazil. GSE applied for all three import permits on July 22, 2022, and we are still waiting on Brazil to approve them. Due to their extreme delay in approving her permits, Kenya’s Argentinian export permits have expired, and Mendoza has already applied for renewal. Unfortunately, this level of bureaucracy is something that can’t be avoided when moving elephants from one country to another in South America.  

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 Check social media and our blog for updates from Mendoza during this time.

Kenya at the Mendoza Zoo

KENYA

Ecoparque Mendoza, Argentina
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TAMY

Ecoparque Mendoza, Argentina
male Asian

Kuky and Pupy

Kuky & Pupy

Ecoparque Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Sanctuary Herd Update

We share daily updates on the girls through our blog posts and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

Maia

MAIA

female Asian

Maia continues to be Guillermina’s favorite “big sister,” and the two of them spend time together regularly. Maia has also become more comfortable spending time with Mara, Bambi, and Rana in a group. We see all of them (plus Guille) in a group together more often than ever. We’ve shifted the elephants into various different yards lately, so Maia has been able to explore some of her favorite old spots in Yard 5. She still takes time to herself, but she often has a partner in Guille.

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RANA

female Asian

Rana has been spending time with her fellow “Powerpuff Girls,” Mara and Bambi. But she’s also been seen with Maia lately, as Maia is more comfortable joining the group these days. We’ve been periodically switching the girls between Yards 4 and 5, which allows Rana to do the exploring in the habitat that she so loves. Rana continues to play a major role in the sanctuary herd, strengthening her relationships with all of the girls. She is occasionally wary of Guille’s energy, but the two of them are bonding and growing their relationship slowly over time.

Lady

LADY

female Asian

Lady’s feet and legs have been in a particularly tenuous place lately. We’ve tried various pain and anti-inflammatory medications, but nothing has helped diminish her discomfort. She’s frequently been hanging out near the barn, where there is a nice mud wallow, and she’s getting daily foot soaks. We didn’t know if she was lying down at night, but recently found a “nest” that indicated that she did at least once. Lady was also seen exploring Yard 5 again recently, which is a good sign. When she’s feeling a little better, she always goes to the deeper parts of the habitat to look for fresh grass.

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MARA

female Asian

 Mara continues to spend plenty of time with Rana and Bambi, but is gradually becoming more comfortable with having Maia near. We’ve seen them playing and standing together while grazing. It’s a good sign that Mara may be starting to open up her circle of friends to allow new elephants in. Mara doesn’t seem to demonstrate the same degree of hesitancy around elephants other than her core group as she once did. She seems more grounded lately and seems to love having her friends nearby.

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BAMBI

female Asian

Bambi seems to be welcoming Guillermina as a little sister-like figure. Guille teases her at times, but Bambi seems to know that most of it is play. However, she has no problem correcting Guille when she gets a little bit too rambunctious. Bambi has also been seen more and more with Maia, who seems to be welcome into the “Powerpuff Girls.” Bambi’s newfound bond with Maia likely is as a result of both spending time with Guillermina, who both are becoming close with; Bambi is a great playmate for Guille, because Guille seems to encourage that playful side of Bambi to peek out.

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Guillermina

female Asian

Guillermina continues to have strong relationships with Bambi and Maia, spending a great deal of time with Maia and having some play time with Bambi. But lately we have seen the elephants in a group of five: Maia, Guille, Mara, Bambi, and Rana. Guillermina is learning when the others are ready for her company, which is increasingly more often. This may be because she knows she has a couple of playmates that will keep her company when she has a lot of energy. She is a fast girl, covering ground at near-lightning speed. It takes a lot to keep up with Guille!

Why They Need You

THE CRISIS FACING CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS

Thousands of captive elephants in zoos and circuses around the world are suffering. Year after year of isolation, restraint, malnutrition, abuse, and lack of adequate exercise and proper medical care exact a harsh physical and psychological toll.

In October 2016,  we made Elephant Sanctuary Brazil a reality with the rescue of our first two female Asian elephants – Maia and Guida. Seven other elephants have called ESB home since then.  Our current progress shows that we have come incredibly far, but there’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done.

There are more elephants waiting for a chance at their own healing journeys like the ones Maia, Guida, Rana, Ramba, Lady, Mara, Bambi, Pocha, and Guillermina have taken. GSE can provide the expertise and knowledge, but we need your support to make sanctuary a reality for other captive elephants.

Together we are part of the solution for captive elephants.  We are grateful beyond words to you for giving these elephants the second chance they deserve and are so desperately in need of.

The Formula Is Simple

The sooner we can build, the sooner elephants come to sanctuary.
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Tamy at Mendoza Zoo
Tamy at EcoParque Mendoza

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