(partial update 8/19/21)
There is always work to be done!
Check that off of the list
The first phase of the female African habitat is finished! Thanks to our contracted fencing team, the project was finished quickly and the area is ready for African elephants. We have applied for the permit to house three African elephants in that area (called an LO), and once approved, the Mendoza Ecoparque can being their CITES paperwork to bring Kenya to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Kuky and Pupy will be next in line after her arrival.
Thanks to our generous donors, all of the steel has been purchased for Tamy’s habitat construction. We have applied for our permit to build and are awaiting approval so we can begin. In the meanwhile, our team is cutting the pipes to size and laying out the location for the barn so that once we get the green light, we will be off and running.
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. The Mendoza team continues to be dedicated to the process of quarantine and relocating the girls to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. With just a couple of requirements left, the focus has returned back to crate training and separation. We still have no timeline for their move. That will all depend upon when Pocha and Guillermina 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.