GSE Named Outstanding International Sanctuary

Global Sanctuary for Elephants is proud to announce that we are receiving the 2022 award for Outstanding International Sanctuary by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). This award is given annually to only 5 out of over 200 eligible GFAS accredited and verified organizations, including sanctuaries that provide lifetime care for animals, animal rescue centers, and rehabilitation facilities. It is humbling and an honor to have our work recognized within a field of sanctuaries and organizations that are among the highest caliber in the world.

GFAS exists to certify organizations which meet or exceed the highest level of standards of animal care, stewardship, ethics, sustainability and leadership within the sanctuary field. Last year, when it was announced that Global Sanctuary for Elephants and our work with Santuario de Elefantes Brasil was the first sanctuary in South America to be accredited by GFAS, we never imagined that we would soon be the recipient of one of the highest recognitions within our sanctuary community.  

We are grateful for the mission of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries which works to ensure that the word “sanctuary” holds meaning within the animal care world. During a time when any facility can claim to be a sanctuary, regardless of their capabilities or commitment to honoring the lives under their care, GFAS creates accountability and holds its members to an unrivaled standard of operation.  

With each passing year, more of you are becoming a part of our sanctuary family, devoted to elevating our mission of protecting, rescuing, and providing healing homes for elephants at a global level. As always, we thank all of our loyal supporters who understand and advocate for sanctuary for all captive animals. This generous award is not only a recognition of our work; it is also a recognition of all of you who have joined us to change the future for captive elephants. Thanks to GFAS for this meaningful distinction. 

P.S.: If you’d like to learn more about GFAS or find information on other sanctuaries, visit their website HERE.

Photo of Rana and Bambi


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    Pam says

    I cannot imagine a more deserving organization for this award. Congratulations, and thank you!

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    Alana says

    A well deserved Congratulations! & I’m not surprised, I agree, you are simply the BEST!

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    Kayle Luthey says

    Congratulations! So well deserved!

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    Andrea Kerin says

    Congratulations!!! We only see and understand a fraction of the terrific work you do. Thank you!

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    Patricia Richardson says

    Congratulations! We love you for you, and all that you do with such care, skill and studied empathy for the beautiful residents! Bravo!!!

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    Tammy says

    CONGRATULATIONS to everyone at GSE this honor is so well deseved! Im so very proud to be part of this amazing Sanctuary family together we have and will continue changing lives of captive elephants until one day soon they all will be free, love Tammy 💞

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    Cathe Cracknell says

    Congratulations! The award couldn’t go to a finer organization. It is well deserved! I am proud to be a part of the GSE family!

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    Melinda says

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news, and SO well deserved!

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    angela says

    I am SO proud of GSE for this great accomplishment, in addition to all it’s past and present accomplishments of rescuing these darling creatures from bad life situations. I cannot imagine this world without GSE anymore.
    You’re so so deserving of this recognition and our continued support. With love and admiration for all you do. Angie in Ontario Canada

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    Zoi Flores says

    Congratulations!!! You deserve all the awards for being truly the best!

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    Pierrette Walraevens says

    Many Congrats for the 22 Award for Outstanding International Santuary ❤️👏👏👏 This Amazing Award is so much deserved for all what you are doing for Elephants in Captivity! Thank you so much GES You all are Amazing ❤️❤️❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🥰❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹

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    Patricia Bamford says

    Congratulations so well deserved, we of course have always known you are the best but to be recognized world wide is just awesome, so very happy that your hard work and total devotion to our beautiful girls is rewarded with such an accolade. Well done.

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    Christine Curtis says

    Congratulations!! ♥️

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    A big congratulations GSE! Well deserved. It is an honor to support your rescue work.

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    Deanna says

    So proud of you all! Well deserved ! Thank you for GSE from the bottom of my heart! Love and hugs ! ❤️🐘❤️

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    bo says

    the entire team, everyone who has helped, is helping, you all must be soooo overjoyed, happy, proud,…!
    no words can describe, surely,
    sooo soooo happy for this wonderfull news!
    ((the sounds of happy elephants))

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    Lisa says

    But of course! Congratulations!

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    Wim says

    Congratulations to everyone at the GSE. Beautiful reward for your outstanding organisation and relentless work around the clock. Makes me very proud to be a tiny part in the healing process of all residents.

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    Nicole says

    That is fantastic! What a wonderful achievement for a wonderful organization! Recognition for the amazing work that you all do!

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    June Ross says

    AMAZING and so deserved! You are amazing…each of you…just as our eles are amazing! Many Congratulations

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    Karen Melody Shatar says

    This is such a wonderful commentary on the amazing work all of you are providing. Congratulations on such exemplary recognition!

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    Annette Whillier says

    I am not surprised!!! GSBrazil is an amazing place for animals.
    Great job everyone and Congratulations 👏

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    Beci says

    Congratulations you deserve it for all the amazing work and help you do for the Elephants. Thank you again for all you do..
    Do you know of any reputable rescues in the United States that I could maybe go to.

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      Kat Blais says

      if you check out the GFAS website, you can search for sanctuaries by species. ☺️

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    Carol says

    So we’ll deserved!! Congratulations!!!
    Rumble rumble with happiness!

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    Carol says

    So we’ll deserved!! Rumble rumble

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    Deb says

    So AMAZING! What an honor for all of you💝 !
    I’m so thankful for all of you🙏🏻
    This is terrific!

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    Congrats to GSE for this award !!!! VERY well deserved……..NOW lets get started on the other 6-10 elephants in South America who need the transport to GSE so they can get the love and GREAT care you give out each and every day!!!!

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    Tracy H says

    Bravo👏👏👏👏👏! GSE IS THE BEST! Congrats on the award. You all deserve it

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    Bonnie says

    Congratulations keep up the good work I know you all will 🥰🥰

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    Eileen L. says

    Congratulations on an awesome honor!!

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    Alice says

    Congratulations, and so well deserved! I am so proud to be a supporter of the world class GSE!! Of course, we knew you were the best before this award verified it!!!❤️

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    Robin Mathews says

    So well deserved! Congratulations! 👏🏻🙌🏻👏🏻🐘💗

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    Carey says

    I’m delighted for you, though not surprised, the work you do hands on, the belief you have, the amazing people each and everyone with works there, and for us supporters – your care to communicate and educate us is of such value, I have learnt so much and can have faith that when I talk about sanctuary, this is what I mean.

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    NANETTE Cummings says

    So happy for you. You deserve it so much. Love you all.

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    JamesMichael says

    I am so glad I found you. Hearty Congratulations for well – deserved recognition of achievement. Just absolutely love what your team does for ‘our girls’.

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    John says

    It’s time for some emojis!!!!! ❤️🐘❤️🐘❤️🐘❤️🐘❤️

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    Sherry says

    Scott, Kat, and staff!!! You are the best!!! 🐘🌴🌺 Congratulations!!!!😄

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    Beth says

    Congratulations!! May the word spread about your loving and wise work.

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    Carol says

    What an honor and very much well-deserved! We are all so proud of you ALL, both in the forefront as well as behind the scenes. CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE at GSE!!!🙌🏻👏🏻👍🏻🙏🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💐💐💐

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    Sandy says

    Congratulations to all at GSB!! And so well deserved! I marvel at the wonderful metamorphosis of each of the girls once they reach the sanctuary. It wouldn’t happen without your expertise, love and the care you provide for all your special critters.

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    Victoria says

    Congratulations!! All of your sincere caring along with your compassion, educational texts about the beautiful elephant ladies has been recognized by the World ! Amazing & well deserved!

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    Carmen Dalziel says

    Wow Congratulations of this top award! You truly deserve this recognition. Personally, this doesn’t surprise me as the work you do to bring joy and comfort to the ele’s and other animals needing help is a God-send and well deserved

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    Polly says

    So well deserved.! I am grateful you receive proper recognition.

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    NO ONE DESERVES IT MORE! Congratulations GSE. You are the best!

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    Rachel says

    Congrats to a hard earned recognition and award!! We, your loyal fans and supporters, are very familiar with your determined efforts in rescuing and rehabilitating captive elephants – and any other animal or creature who’s fortunate enough to find help within your borders. We’ve been inspired, our hearts both broken and warmed by the journey we take with you from afar, and so appreciate the education and insights you continually provide to the world. So although we might not be surprised by this recent award, we are joyfully cheering for all of you who make GSE the best of the best. Hugs and high fives all around! 💝

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    María Elizabeth Alvarez says

    You deserve that and more!!!!

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    Elke Riesterer says

    Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!! I was waiting for this award being given to your absolutely outstanding sanctuary. ❤️🐘❤️🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    Tammy says

    CONGRATULATIONS everyone! I can’t think of a more deserving Sanctuary than GSE Brazil! You’ve all given so much worked so hard given neverending love and support to all these gentle giants here and around South America going where needed the most without hesitation! Many are behind the scenes that deserve just as much credit and alot of applause it takes a village for sure so from the bottom of my heart thank you!

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