To our sanctuary heroes: we have a fairly urgent need that we hope you can help us address. You always come through when we ask, so there’s no doubt that you’ll understand how necessary it is to take care of this current issue as soon as possible.
There is a bridge that allows trucks to enter and exit the sanctuary, and it was quite dilapidated when we arrived. After settling in, we replaced the bottom section (which was rotted wood) with steel pipe; it is now nice and strong and can hold plenty of weight. Unfortunately, the top part of the bridge (also made from wood) is now rotted and beginning to fall apart. Last week, a delivery truck caused one of the boards to move, and we had to create a temporary fix for the driver to cross back over to leave. So, clearly this bridge is not going to last much longer.
Our plans are to replace the top with reinforced concrete and our staff will complete the project. If we were to hire contractors, the expenses would be exorbitant. But, as you well know, there is no way to transport an elephant – let alone two – across a broken bridge. If you take a look at the bridge as it stands today, although common in Brazil, it isn’t in a state where we are comfortable utilizing it much longer. The current estimated cost is $3,000. We hope you will once again step in and help us repair this issue so that sanctuary businesses can operate as usual. Thank you so much in advance for your ongoing support of ESB and all of the elephants here and soon to come.
(Enjoy the photo of Bambi, the last elephant to be transported across this road.)