EleFact Friday: Elephant Appreciation Day

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day from all of us here at Global Sanctuary for Elephants! A day established in the United States in 1996, we use this opportunity to spend a little extra time reflecting on not only the amazing capabilities of the species itself, but all of the ways that the elephants here at sanctuary and beyond have changed our lives. 

If you’re an animal lover of any kind, you may have encountered an animal (or a few) in your life who has taught you lessons, shown you love, or given you a sense of purpose. To say that applies to all of us who have been given the opportunity to be a part of GSE would be a vast understatement. We view this as a day to appreciate each and every elephant who has crossed our path, whether that be in person or virtually. The process of caring for elephants has taught us patience, grace, and the power of physical and emotional healing. It has given us the wonderful ability to “meet” many of you, becoming familiar with your passion and care for what we stand for as an organization. Opening a sanctuary is not an easy feat, and this venture has taught us resilience and the true reward of caring for a species that is beyond deserving of our love and attention. 

While we use this time to appreciate the species itself, from their amazing emotional journeys to their anatomical and physiological capabilities, we also appreciate all of those who have made it possible for us to be here, doing what we love and saving a species that we love even more. We hope you take a moment today to learn a little more about elephants, the sanctuary, or to share a story of our special residents with someone who may not know about us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you, and we are sending big, elephant sized thank yous your way. 

Photo of Bambi


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    Barb says

    All the thanks go to you guys at ESB! You love and care for the marvelous elephants one and all!!

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      Kat Blais says

      thanks to all of us 💜

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    Terry Silva says

    I appreciate GSE and all the folks who are the elephant caregivers. We all have been given an extraordinary opportunity to interact from afar with elephants because of you. Kudos.

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      Kat Blais says

      thank you 💜 it takes all of us to make it happen so we are very happy to try and bring everyone along to the degree we can.

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    Terry Silva says

    Being able to follow the journeys taken by elephants and caregivers at GSE has enhanced my life experience. Thank you.

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    Tammy says

    Sweet patient amazing strong beautiful loving Gramma Ramba, she’s the one who really truly touched my heart in a way i can’t explain she is and always will be forever the one who started it all for me she sparked that curiosity within me to learn more about the plight of captive elephants and I will always be thankful to her for that. I followed along on her journey to freedom she hung on she knew she was going home she knew scott and kat would never leave her behind and although her time at Sanctuary was short she made it she knew she was where she belonged and now this place I like to call Heaven on Earth is Rambas final resting place her home where her family is with those whose truly adore and love her. Thank you for everything sweet Ramba you are deeply missed girl 🐘 💞🙏

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      Kat Blais says

      Ramba was special, not that they all aren’t, but she was different. There was something about her that just reached out and grabbed a hold of people’s heart- something in that small but mighty grandma body. And yes, although her time was short, being able to watch the joy it brought her and knowing she didn’t die alone, that she finally found her own very small herd, it was enough. It had to be. And it is something everyone that fought for her will cherish forever. 💜

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    Irene Olson says

    Thank you for all the love and appreciation you have for these beautiful creatures and the rescues you look after everyday, what an amazing crew! Thank you!

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