This week, for EleFACT Friday, we wanted to address questions that many of you have been asking about elephants yet to come to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. There is always so much excitement around new elephant transports and we want to make sure that everyone has an understanding of where all parties are in the process, which impacts the time frame of each arrival.
All three female African elephants, Kenya from Mendoza and Kuky and Pupy from Buenos Aires, applied for their CITES permits last month. This is the permit necessary for the elephants to be moved outside of the country. At this point, none of those permits have been approved. We don’t have information on when the permits will be reviewed and signed off on (they have a window of six months), so we can’t make a reasonable estimate for any arrivals. Once the permits have been approved, the crates will be sent off, and all elephants will go through the required quarantine of at least 30 days.
As for Tamy, the team at Mendoza must work with him on training to learn the necessary behaviors needed for pre-travel medical testing. Because the staff will need to give him access to Pocha and Guillermina’s former enclosure in order to work with him, they are constructing stronger training walls, which is necessary for male elephants. Once that is complete, Tamy will be working face-to-face with his caregivers for the first time. This means that trust must be built among them before training can even begin.
Right now, we are continuing our daily work with the elephants here at sanctuary, taking care of the girls and working closely with Pocha and Guillermina while they continue to adjust to life at sanctuary and the social dynamics of a herd. Waiting certainly isn’t necessarily the most fun part of transporting new elephants to sanctuary, but everyone is doing what they can at the moment. As soon as we know more, we will give you the information. Thanks to all of you for your concern and enthusiasm. It’s heartening to know how many people are out there looking forward to seeing more elephants come home to sanctuary.
Photo of Pupy in Buenos Aires