In October 2016, we made Elephant Sanctuary Brazil a reality with the rescue of our first two female Asian elephants – Maia and Guida. 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 journey, like the one Maia and Guida continue on. GSE can provide the expertise and knowledge but we need your support to really kick things into high gear. Their time is now, the clock is ticking for some of the rescues and they deserve a chance at happiness.
Phase I of development for female Asian elephants has been fully funded with construction nearly complete. Maia and Guida will welcome Ramba, Pelusa, along with mother and daughter Pocha and Guillermina to the expanded habitat. Their future at sanctuary wouldn’t be possible without the support of those who were determined to make a difference. Please read about what is next in our rescue mission and how you can be a part of saving captive Asian and African elephants.
Female African elephants await the completion of the Phase II habitat. Their Care Center is funded and the outside structure built, but we still need to complete the interior stalls, infrastructure and build the fencing that allows the elephants to wander without human interference. This area will allow Kenya to leave her sterile life behind and heal at sanctuary. Hopefully, if things go as planned, she will not be alone for long.
Kenya, one of the Mendoza4 elephants, is the only African elephant at the zoo. She is an example of what happens when an elephant tries to communicate their needs, year after year, and is simply not heard or understood. Kenya is labeled as aggressive; she throws things to keep people at bay. It has never served her to behave otherwise and she has given up on trying to passively let her feelings be known. Tragically she also shows signs of being withdrawn and depressed, but sanctuary can change that.
Phase III will allow us to offer the healing of sanctuary to male Asian elephants. Our first sweet boy will be Tamy, one of the Mendoza4. Tamy, as a male with a dark past, is not only misunderstood but also feared. There is a stigma that surrounds male elephants in captivity, one of extreme aggression and lack of willingness to cooperate. We know that is not who Tamy is and look forward to him being in a safe space and able to show and discover his true self.
In order to bring him home and give him a chance to flourish, we must construct a separate space for male Asian elephants. This development will include his barn: an open-air shelter, protected from the elements, where we can provide necessary medical care and physical examinations through protected contact management – an Elephant Care Center. Elephant fencing will also need to be erected to give him the ability, for the first time in his life, to explore the diverse wonders of nature.
Elephant Sanctuary Brazil has the potential to help all of these elephants, each in desperate need, by providing a peaceful and healing refuge where they can live out the rest of their lives surrounded by nature and others of their own kind. But before this can happen, they need you to help build their future.
The formula is simple: the sooner we can build, the sooner elephants come to sanctuary.