Making Progress On the Male Asian Habitat

Reaching our fundraising goal for the male Asian habitat was a major milestone for us in 2021. So many of you contributed and we are once again overwhelmed by your generosity. We truly cannot thank you enough for visualizing a new future for male elephants here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Major donors Teresa and Peter Easter and The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee provided funds for the barn roof – and your individual donations covered the cost of the stalls and fencing for the first three yards. 

Now that the barn is completed, except for one remaining treatment stall, and the first yard is fenced, it is impossible not to get excited about seeing male elephants here soon. Our contracted fence crew is currently off for the holidays, but the second yard is partly fenced in and the pond has filled itself, thanks to all of the rain we’ve gotten recently. The grass in the yards is fresh and green. The fencing crew is actually erecting the fence posts from the outside of the yard, so that we can keep the inside as pristine as possible. There are palms throughout the new yards and a host of parrots live in the trees next to the barn. 

It is both exciting and surreal to know that soon enough, there will be male elephants here at ESB. There is a special feeling about welcoming males to sanctuary, because we know how different captivity can be for males, versus females. It isn’t uncommon for males to receive harsher treatment, simply because they are misunderstood or facilities don’t know how to properly care for them. Completing this space means that the bulls who arrive here will have a life that most others never have a chance to experience.

You, our supporters, understand that this project is unique from the others we’ve built in the past; it requires more funding, more work, and more materials to ensure that everyone is safe here at sanctuary. Your understanding that males deserve as many chances for freedom as females embraces the true nature of sanctuary. Though elephant time will be the ultimate determinant of the exact ‘when,’ just knowing that our first male elephant will come home to ESB is a hopeful and fulfilling feeling. 


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    Alana says

    I want to live there! That is just beautiful!

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    Deb says

    The progress you’ve made is very exciting ! It looks amazing!
    The first time I saw pictures of Tamy……well it made my heart break. All alone & pitiful…
    there is absolutely no reason on earth for any animal to be living in horrific conditions.

    I thank GOD every night for you & your loving staff for making a difference & shining a light
    on a very dark behavior of a lot of so-called humans.


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    Katie Howard says

    This is beyond exciting! Watching the video – well, it’s exhilarating!
    The new area looks great and it is so good to see material accomplishments-especially in light of the struggles these past couple of years. Kudos for persevering! ❤️🐘

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    Wim says

    Building a home never looked more beautiful.
    Creating a tempting new wonderful world.

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    Sandy + Keith says

    We can’t wait to watch when Tamy arrives at the Boy Barn and swims in the Boy Pond! Thank you for everything you all do to make these dreams come true. Bless you all!

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    Sandi Paquet says

    This is beautiful! So glad that this project is happening and the male elephants will be there soon. They don’t know what a treat they’re in for, the best place to be is Global Sanctuary for Elephants, Brazil! Love the “boy pond”!

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    Lila Nieto says

    I can’t believe it is ready!!! This is incredible news!!! I can’t wait for the first gent to get there. Love!!!!

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