From Scott: On GSE’s 10th Anniversary

We are presently in the US visiting family, friends, and a few of our longtime supporters. One of them asked how long we have been in Brazil, and we quickly realized that it had been long enough that we needed to calculate based on our 2014 arrival.  A day later, our editor Sara reminded us that this week is the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Global Sanctuary for Elephants.  With elephants in need and the constant and very high demands of sanctuary development and operation, it is easy to lose track of time.   

Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSE) was founded on the principle of building the future captive elephants need and deserve.  We knew that we could count on your support while we put to use the countless gifts we’ve gained and lessons learned from the elephants to build pivotal sanctuaries.  Together, we have provided for 9 precious elephants in Brazil, while offering aid for many others, including wild animals, chickens, goats, and more.  At the same time, we have been joined by like minds from around the globe, and, together, we helped to broaden the minds of countless others.
Our work is just beginning.  We look back on our accomplishments with pride, but we can’t celebrate for long. Elephants are waiting, bureaucratic hurdles remain, and South America is just one small piece of the captive elephant crisis.  As we look forward to the next 10 years, we aim to see an end to the suffering of captive elephants in South America. And, as the governments of Buenos Aires and Mendoza have shown, a possibility for responsible stewardship not only exists but there is a feasible solution for other countries when addressing all of our roles in animal injustice. We seek to continue to play a role in promoting these progressive laws and the change that comes with a deeper understanding of the depth of trauma.

Change can’t happen overnight, but 10 years ago, GSE took a single step in the right direction, walking with open arms toward a brighter future. You are our partners in this journey and we all must continue forward for the sake of all captive animals around the world. 

— Scott

Photo of Rana and Mara


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    Pamela Hall says

    Your dedication, love and selflessness is a beacon in my life. Having met Scott I know it is in his bones. What a privilege to be a small leaf on this massive tree sheltering this most amazing,tolerant,wise,forgiving and gracious animal. Bless all who share this joyrney.

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    Barb says

    Incredible accomplishments over these years! I share with many others the deep appreciation for all the work and love shown to these magnificent, sentient elephants!
    With gratitude we thank you!

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    John says

    I echo the two previous comments posted that I’ve read. I feel so grateful to follow their work. What a joy to see what is happening in this amazing place.

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    Rachel says

    Congratulations and high fives for all you and the staff at GSE! Will continue my support as long as I’m able but my gratitude for what GSE stands for will last a lifetime. You helped many of us become more aware and educated about your mission and for that I humbly thank you. Deep appreciation! 💝

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    Tom DiCarrado says

    Scott and Kat are the best of humankind. May humanity evolve in their footsteps.

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    Heidi says

    Happy Anniversary! Your efforts demonstrate the importance of being willing to take the first step in any endeavor. I have learned so much reading your daily blog posts. Thank you for everything you do!

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    Carol says

    Pam…perfectly expressed. Thank you for your words!

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Congratulations on 10 years! Here’s to many more years and many more rescues! Thank you for all you do!!

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    Debbie Sides says

    Thank you all so much for continuing to help the captive ones in need of true sanctuary. Looking forward to a brighter future for all of those in need. So grateful for the ones that get to live in that paradise there. Bless💚

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    Wim says

    Thank you Scott, l love every word in your 10th anniversary statement on behalf of elephants and all other possible animals.
    Watching the girls of Brasil is a daily pleasure and reminds me there is a way back into freedom for intelligent creatures, such as elephants, a herd and natural environment.
    We watch in amazement and try to support all of you creating this miracle, day in – day out.

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    Sherry says

    Yes, hard work pays off, Scott!! I watch what you and wife are sacrificing and very much you are enjoying your life and work with the elephants!

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    Sherry says

    I love this photo with the elephants and landscape. Everyone take good care at GSE.

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    Alana says

    10 years! WOW! “Scott and Kat are the best of humankind. May humanity evolve in their footsteps.” I too could not be prouder to be a leaf on the GSB tree.
    What wonderful comments are being left.

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    Bonnie says

    Thank you Scott and Kate and Sara for everything you all do for these Elephants and the other Animals that are around the Sanctuary also thanks to everyone else who is involved in helping

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    Carmen says

    Scott, Kat e toda equipe do SEB,
    Parabéns pelos 10 anos em que seu dedicado trabalho no SEB vem semeando amor, cuidado e muita sensibilidade em relação à vida em todas as suas manifestações. Muita gratidão por fazerem pulsar no coração do nosso país um centro de cuidado amoroso (com os animais e com o meio ambiente) que nos ensina a amar e respeitar e contagia a todos. Parabéns e muito obrigada!

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    Sunny says

    Grateful for your work!

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    Tammy says

    I am truly honored to be part of this amazing family! Your dedication and love to save these beautiful gentle giants is so inspiring as we have learned they can teach humans so much about life if given the chance they are quite an impressive intelligent gift to us that needs to be saved for many reasons. I envy you all but know only too well the pain and sadness that comes with many rescues not all live as long as they should Ramba sadly taught me that their lives cut short by man’s hand and that’s got to be so hard so we thank you all for your hard work we will never leave this caring loving family once you see what’s involved once you meet these glorious elephants and look into their big beautiful eyes you are in it for the long haul we will help you save as many as possible…..God bless you all

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      Sara says

      Thanks for your lovely words.

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