There is always work to be done!
Check that off of the list
The fencing for the first three yards of the female African habitat is finished! Thanks to our contracted fencing team, the fence line is done, people and tree protectors built, and training walls are completed. All that is left is to construct and hang the multiple gates around the habitat. Once finished, we will apply for our permit to house three African elephants in that area, and Kenya, Kuky, and Pupy will take one step closer to sanctuary.
506 vertical fenceposts, all with horizontals
fencing complete- gates needed, as of 6/16/21
All for the elephants
Update on The Mendoza4
(photos and page links below)
Pocha and Guillermina are continuing with their quarantine for relocation. They are partially through the requirements and, with our trainers needing to return to the US, the Mendoza team has now taken over. Things continue to progress and, once the girls have completed their quarantine requirements, the focus will shift to getting them more accustomed to the crates and separations. We still have no timeline for their move. That will all depend upon when the girls decide they are ready.
Check social media and our blog for updates from Mendoza during this time.
Sanctuary Herd Update
We share daily updates on the girls through our blog posts and on social media (facebook, instagram and twitter).
Maia is currently spending more time in the vicinity of Mara, Bambi, and Rana. Although she tends to stay on the outskirts of Mara and Bambi, she does spend time in close contact with Rana, building upon that relationship and satisfying her need for elephant affection when she needs it. Step by step her comfort is growing.
Rana has been spending less time by herself the past few weeks, but alternating who she spends time with. Some days, when she wanders away from Mara and Bambi, it is to join up with Maia and offer her company. She still spends some moments off on her own and continues playing housekeeper, ensuring no scraps are left behind.
Lady has been exploring Yard 5 lately, with access into 1 so she can return to the barn if she chooses. Her wandering is beneficial both physically and emotionally. The increased circulation helps her feet, while the different scenery, with all of its sights and smells, stimulates her mind. And she’s found some of the nicest grass growing right now.
Mara is returning back to ‘normal’ both in weight and presence. Her appetite continues to be stellar, eating everything she is offered other than an occasional imperfect carrot or hated beets. She is also becoming a little more dominant, making sure the other girls are aware she is feeling confident enough to step back into that role.
Bambi, although still super excitable and silly, is starting to mature. She is at a point where the initial excitement of everything new has worn off, she is embracing her life, and starting to look a bit inward. This generally becomes a time of emotional growth where elephants start to discover who they are and who they want to be.
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. Five 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 one Maia, Guida, Rana, Ramba, Lady, Mara, and Bambi 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.
Keep Caring. Keep Sharing.
Together we are changing everything for these elephants so desperately in need.