(updated 11/15/20)

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

Due to the wildfire that devastated much of the sanctuary property, work is being done on repairing and rebuilding. Since some things need to be completely replaced, we are taking advantage and improving the old systems at the same time.

Fencepost Counter
182 fenceposts, all with horizontals, as of 11/15/20

408 Fenceposts
182 Fenceposts

Rescue Updates

There is always work to be done on elephant rescues.


Update on The Mendoza4

(photos and page links below)

Travel dates for Karissa and another trainer are trying to be arranged, but travel bans continue to change almost weekly. They will need to go down, do additional training, and make sure that mom and daughter are ready for their quarantine. Once training is in a solid place, there will be a few week break, then the beginning of quarantine. During this time, Kenya and Tamy will also benefit from having two elephant loving caregivers at the EcoParque for numerous weeks.


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).



female Asian

Maia has learned that we now come back at 10 pm for night feed, to check on Bambi and to give Mara an extra meal. This means Maia shows up to share in the goodies. She continues to do well, and her snack visits also create more opportunities for across the fence socialization with Bambi and Lady.



female Asian

Rana continues to show us why she is ‘sister extraordinaire’. She is being very patient and supportive of Mara, while Mara is feeling less than 100%. This has meant more time closer to the barn, which Rana is taking in stride. It often also means a little extra snack for Rana as we give Mara her extra meals.



female Asian

Lady continues to be adorable. 😉 She is still having issues with the same toenails on both of her front feet. Her treatment also continues, along with daily nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. At night she is zooming around, much faster than expected, although we know there is discomfort involved with her feet. A few weeks ago, she became more curious about both Rana and Mara, and them being near the barn has allowed her to use her fence time to get closer to the girls.



female Asian

Mara is having some GI issues. We believe it is more of a long-term situation than something acute. She continues to eat well 90% of the time but has off moments. Although she has been not as interested in hay, she loves the fresh grass that has sprouted with the rainy season. We continue to try different therapies as we search for diagnostic answers.



female Asian

Bambi is remarkable. She is like a puppy with a case of the zoomies. Although Mara isn’t interested in being her friend at the moment, Bambi still shares space with Rana, and spends a lot of time exploring the habitat. She is discovering little nooks that the other girls don’t spend a lot of time in and seems thrilled that nature surrounds her with food. In just 6 weeks, she is a very different elephant and will only continue to flourish.

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.