Female Asian Elephant


Beyond the walls of her concrete pit, life did not exist to Guillermina...

now, at sanctuary, she can watch the sun set on the horizon while exploring her new home.

Pocha and Guillermina are mother and daughter who, thankfully, had each other to get through each empty day at the Mendoza EcoParque in Argentina.  Their lives were stark and sterile, offering them very little aside from concrete, stone and a glimpse of the sky above.  Guillermina spent her entire life in this world, never witnessing the sun rising or setting on the horizon or seeing the expanse of the world beyond.  Pocha did her best to raise her daughter in these conditions, trying to make up for all that was missing.

Guillermina has a youthful appearance with a small frame, taut skin, and is a little too round in the mid-section. Her entire life has been this “pit” of concrete. She has been restricted from exploring any form of dynamic life and, as a result, her insecurities ruled the few choices that she could make. Behind this veil of anxiety is a bundle of emotion, play, vigor and zest that is ready to explode.

At the sanctuary, Guillermina is never far from her mother, Pocha.  Everything is new to her – the sand, the grass, the mud, the space, the views and the other elephants.  When she first arrived at the sanctuary she was cautious, but curious.  It took Guillermina a little longer to explore, always allowing her mother to lead the way.  With each day that passes we can see the veil lifting and a glimpse of her true personality shining through.  To see her explore the sanctuary with all it has to offer and knowing this is the beginning of the rest of her life, is truly magnificent.

Learn more about her journey to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.




24 years old



Forever Home

Elephant Sanctuary Brazil








Guillermina has a big personality, acts a little bit like a child with no boundaries.




Guillermina was born at the Mendoza Ecoparque to
mother, Pocha, and father, Tamy.




No diagnosed issues.



Body Condition

Significantly overweight due to lack of exercise and poor diet at the zoo.




Guillermina doesn’t know elephant etiquette and her mom lets her get away with everything.


From a Concrete Pit at the Zoo... Sanctuary!

Ways To Support Guillermina

Adopt Guillermina and Pocha

Become Their Ele-Guardian

We all have a special place in our hearts for elephants, but there is often one that resonates more with each of us.  Guillermina and Pocha are two peas in a pod.    If your heart warms with the thought of this mother daughter duo, show them some extra love and become their Ele-Guardian.