Adding new elephants to the sanctuary fold is a joy, but it can also bring with it some challenges. While the girls get their primary nourishment from what grows in the habitat, we supplement that food with produce and hay. As you can imagine, seven elephants eat a phenomenal amount of hay: bales upon bales, the total of which fills several large shipping containers. Over the years, we’ve worked with a number of suppliers both near and far, and haven’t had great quality from most. (The last test batch we got from a nearby supplier was baled wet and grew mold inside – yuck. It wasn’t fed to anyone.) Of course, we want to provide the girls with the best possible hay at the most reasonable price and our current supplier fits the bill.
You came through for us when we posted our recent wishlist – buying out our needed supplies faster than we could add more items. Thanks to you, we now have extra inventory that will be brought over by future staff coming from the US. You now have the chance to help not only five elephants, but seven! (And those of you who didn’t have the chance to purchase items from our wishlist can help directly today.)
We are asking for your help because two more elephants means we are in need of buying a full truckload of hay. Hay for the next two months will cost us $8,100, including shipping. That makes the cost of each bale approximately $18. Whether you want to buy one bale or 10, every dollar makes a difference. If you can’t give, please share our post so that others might find our organization through your support. Thank you for everything you do – for persisting in your belief that Pocha and Guillermina would one day arrive through the sanctuary gates, and for continuing to provide for them through their journey after arrival.
For those who would like to give, CLICK HERE.
Any excess funds raised will go toward produce and other elephant food needs.
Photo of Guillermina (left) and Pocha (right)