(updated 9/27/20)


Construction Update

We’re on a mission!  Kenya’s fenceposts are going up!
training walls construction
Kenya at the Mendoza Zoo
fence construction

Female African Habitat

After what was supposed to be a quick repair, Covid-19 caused our backhoe to be out of commission for about 2 months. Without it, fencing can’t be worked on. Thankfully, it has returned

Fencepost Counter
182 fenceposts, all with horizontals, as of 9/1/20

408 Fenceposts
182 Fenceposts

Rescue Updates

There is always work to be done on elephant rescues.




Bambi took her first steps into sanctuary on September 26, 2020.  Photos and videos of her journey home can be found on her Rescue Page.  You can also learn more about her on her page.


Update on The Mendoza4

(photos and page links below)

The governor publicly signed a document confirming the transfer of Pocha and Guillermina to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. His support, due to the controversy of the elephants leaving Argentina, is a significant public state. Hopefully, it will also help the bureaucratic process go a little more smoothly.

Kenya and Tamy were also mentioned in the decree signed by the governor of Mendoza.

Pocha at the Mendoza Zoo


Ecoparque Mendoza, Argentina
female Asian

Guillermina at the Mendoza Zoo


Ecoparque Mendoza, Argentina
female Asian

Kenya at the Mendoza Zoo


Ecoparque Mendoza, Argentina
female African



Ecoparque Mendoza, Argentina
male Asian


** Update on Kuky and Pupy **

 EcoParque Buenos Aires has signed a decree donating Kuky and Pupy to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done and other elephants scheduled to be rescued before them. They will be coming to ESB sometime in 2021. We will post any significant updates along the way.

Sanctuary Herd Update

We share daily updates on the girls through our blog posts and on social media (facebook, instagram and twitter).

Bambi’s update coming soon!



female Asian
Maia is continuing to spend more time with Rana and Mara, sometimes just sharing general space, other times standing right next to or touching. The girls are all relaxing into this new ‘normal’.



female Asian
Rana is a peach. She continues to be open to all of the elephants, offering them whatever they need at the moment. We have even seen her trying to get a little silly with Maia.



female Asian
Lady is having foot issues this month. Her ‘trouble’ nail on her front right foot is actively abscessing. This is a nail that had issues long before she arrived, so, unfortunately, the infection is most likely very deep. She continues to be great with treatment and is still enjoying her wanderings in the bigger yards.



female Asian
Mara is gaining confidence as time goes on. She has recently begun backing up to Maia when Maia decides to join the group. She still adores Rana but seems to be more open to adding another friend to the mix.

Why They Need You


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. Rana was rescued in 2018, and in 2019 Ramba and Lady became the newest members of the small herd.  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 one Maia, Guida, Rana, Ramba and Lady 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.
Tamy at Mendoza Zoo
Tamy at EcoParque Mendoza

Keep Caring. Keep Sharing.

Together we are changing everything for these elephants so desperately in need.