This is Kenya. Stunning but somber, she lives alone in Mendoza, Argentina. In just a little over a month, many of you have watched the rescue of Ramba and Lady. You saw Ramba transform almost overnight, and even though she came from a place that she was cared for, her growth and healing were clear to see. This is the same healing we hope you will help Kenya to find. https://globalelephants.org/fences4kenya/
The Ecopark has agreed to send Kenya to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, but there is a change of government, which causes concern. Our goal is to rescue Kenya within the first six months of 2020 but to do that, we need to finish the fencing for her yard. And that means we need your help. Her barn is built, fence construction has begun, but we need all of you to finish it so we can bring her home.
It can feel somewhat daunting to see large numbers and what is needed, but our sanctuary family has done it before. The reality is if each one of our followers gave $3, we would reach our goal. We know FB doesn’t share our posts with all of our followers, which is why sharing is so important and asking those who may not be head over heels with elephants, to give just $5 to help change the life of a being who truly needs and deserves it.
We are starting the fundraiser with a $10K match, so each dollar you give is matched with another. We will also have a page that tracks as each yard’s fencing is finished, listing the names of those who have so generously given to make it happen. So if you don’t want your name posted, be sure to mark your donation as anonymous.
Throughout the day, we will post more about Kenya and of course, Lady and the other ladies as well. You can also go to the page above to learn more about what is needed and who Kenya is- or at least who she now, in her sterile environment. As you have all seen, that will change when she has space, choice, and loving care.
Thank you to everyone who has supported all it has taken for us to get to this point, for donating, sharing, and falling in love with our girls. And thank you for stepping up once again to help give another elephant a life that is second to none, one close to a life that should have never been taken away from them in the first place. The incredible life of sanctuary. https://globalelephants.org/fences4kenya/
Carey saysDecember 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm
Looking at the list of wonderful donators its really true, it takes a village to do a rescue. So good how we can come together with what we can, even smaller amounts, and together we manage these large sums. I look forward to having my wee name in the African elephants habitat!
Jacqueline Jaritz saysDecember 5, 2019 at 2:57 pm
Rescue african elephants
Sheila saysDecember 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm
Donated, FEEL SO SORRY KENYA WILL BE AGAIN BY HERSELF! WILL AN ATTEMPT TO INTEGRATE KENYA WITH ASIAN LADIES EVER HAPPEN??? IF SHES NOT AGGRESSIVE?? SHE HAS BARELY ANY TUSK ON THAT ONE SIDE?? LUCY? IN EVZ ALBERTA CANADA HAD AN AFRICAN GIRL ELEPHANT FOR 12 YEARS U TIL ZOO SOLD HER AWAY TO A BREEDING PROGRAM ZOO IN USA‼️
EleComposer saysDecember 6, 2019 at 2:39 pm
We have many questions to FAQ on Kenya’s Campaign Page. Your question is addressed in this FAQ:
Why can’t Kenya go into the habitat with Maia, Rana, Ramba and Lady?
Them being apart has nothing to do with the level of how social they are, it’s about how different they are. The biggest issue with keeping African and Asian elephants together is essentially they speak a different language. Behavior that is play for an African elephant is aggression to an Asian elephant. This is generally the root of most problems between the two species. Even when an African elephant tries to be social with Asian elephants, it is often met with refusal or aggression. If the two species do have a physical altercation, the Asian elephants are at a disadvantage due to both physical stature and lack of tusks. These uneven fights can have severe consequences.
Aside from the possibility of elephants getting hurt, it creates a tense atmosphere. The Africans move quickly, put on displays and behave in a way that is unsettling to Asians. There are two main goals of sanctuary that this goes against. The first (and easy one) is replicating a life that is as close to nature as possible. The two would never be together in the wild and allowing them a more natural life allows them to display more natural behaviors and return more to what their species is supposed to be. The other is that sanctuary is about creating a safe space where elephants feel comfortable enough, for the first time in their lives, to be vulnerable, allowing them to work through significant emotional issues they’ve had for decades and finally begin to heal. This ‘safe space’ is cultivated in many ways, but if elephants are on edge due to their companions, they would not be in a place to let their guard down and work through issues as readily. Sanctuary is supposed to be the first time in their lives that it is all about them, and this means making decisions for the most scared and most damaged elephants.
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