Mara’s Journey to Sanctuary Has Begun!!


We feel like we have barely caught our breaths after The Big Payback Fundraiser, and we are full speed ahead with bringing Mara to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil!

She is coming! Actually & literally coming right now. She loaded into her crate, and it has been placed on the truck. They will be pulling out the EcoParque and will be officially on their way to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.

The fact that the transport is happening now is incredible – it took a lot of work and diligence from the teams in Brazil and Argentina. It is thanks to tremendous cooperation from all the authorities with the team at the EcoParque. It ends up not being a perfect situation, but, at the same time, it is in Mara’s best interest to come as soon as possible. We just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this happen.

That said – we are excited, hopeful, and want to share what we can –

Mara is currently traveling with a select team from the Buenos Aries EcoParque. Mara’s transport team on the Argentina side of the border includes two of her regular caregivers, members of her vet team, and a couple of other people. We have a representative (who lives in Argentina) who is traveling with the caravan in Argentina, and we will be in very regular contact with everyone. We know this team, we trust this team. More importantly, this team knows Mara, and Mara knows them.

The border between Argentina & Brazil is closed to general traffic, only cargo shipments or those with special authority are allowed to transgress. As a result, Scott, along with a select group from our team, will be meeting Mara at the Brazil/Argentina border. Once Mara is in Brazil, Scott and the Brazilian transport team will be traveling as Mara’s caravan. The Argentine team will stay behind in Argentina, which will be hard for them to not fully see her off to her new home.

We are hoping Mara will arrive here mid-week this week. This may seem fast to you, but please know we have spent weeks tirelessly working and coordinating this transport. There were many times it seemed like it would not happen, or something fell apart, which is why we haven’t shared. We all got to the point where we weren’t going to believe it until she was on her way.

There are a lot of variables in this transport – even more than usual – so please be patient with us. Once Mara makes it over the border and into Brazil, we will know more. Please continue to keep your fingers crossed for Mara’s move.

We plan to start doing Facebook Lives after Mara is in Brazil and Scott is with her (for those not on Facebook, we will post Scott’s videos as quickly as possible here to the blog). We know everyone loves to see Scott’s smiling face, but you will be looking at Scott’s masked face this time. The teams are taking every precaution to keep themselves safe as well. But we can assure you Scott will be smiling underneath the mask.

May 9, 2020


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    Donna Hagen says

    So excited to watch her progress! Thanks for everything you are doing.

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    Julie says

    Long whew! I have been holding my breath for Mara’s fate. I cannot express how happy I am to hear another deserving elephant is headed for sanctuary and your most capable and loving hands. Wonderful news!

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    Heidi says

    Hurray! What a great week for elephants! Safe travels.

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    Susan says

    Godspeed special angels. Paradise can only be imagined right now, Mara. Just wait! You are entering the bubble of love!

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      Patricia says

      Exactly right!!! I could not have said it better, sis.

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      Judy Cowen says

      God bless all concerned on bringing Mara to her forever home!??❣

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    Tara Brooks says

    Safe travels beautiful Mara. I can’t wait to see you once you get to Brazil. Your sisters are waiting for you!!! Much love to Mara and her teams and to all that love her!

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    Tammy says

    YIPPEE? there’s been much to celebrate lately i’ve been wondering when Mara would be leaving for Sanctuary to her new forever home with you all and her new herd family. Mara and the girls will be just thrilled to meet one another and realize just how big their loving family is getting and it’s finally happened that day is almost here and you know what they say better late than never! Thank you to everyone lots of love and big hugs ??

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    Jacqueline Leighton says

    That is is good for Mara

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    Tracy H says

    This is such great news?. Can’t wait for Mara to arrive at her forever home???? She is such a beautiful girl. Thanks again for all y’all do..❣️

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    Debbie Sides says

    Oh my goodness this is wonderful! Mara coming home! Prayers for safe travels sweet girl and the teams!

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    JoAnn says

    Mara, welcome to eli heaven on earth??
    Safe travels and Godspeed.

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    CyrAnn says

    This is the best news. Safe travels dear Mara and all of you involved on her journey, God speed to you all……….

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    Sallie Robbins-Druian says

    Woo woo! How exciting! Get out the popcorn! What wonderful news for miss mara!

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    Alana says

    I’m over the moon. I’ll be spending the rest of the night figuring out how to do the Facebook thing. I’m not going to miss this one. May this journey be as easy as possible. for all.

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    Mark Skipsey says

    The very best news possible! It’s going to be absolutely fascinating watching how she interacts with the other three ladies!

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    Rosie P says

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!! I woke up this morning to the wonderful news! Oh, my, I am so excited for Mara, for everyone. This was such a surprise! I will be checking regularly for updates. ESB site is my first port of call each day. Be safe, everyone. Mara, you are coming home!!! Safe journey and much love to you all.xxxxx

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    Shirley Taylor says

    Brilliant news. Safe travels and massive thank you for letting us know I will be so happy for you all when Mara arrives home. A whole new world for her, it will be interesting to see how Lady reacts as she will no longer be the new kid in their home. Well done for all your hard work I am a devoted follower.

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    Jillyp says

    Oh my goodness, it’s so exciting to hear that beautiful grandma Mara is on her way – I pray for a safe and smooth journey for her and the teams bringing her home. I have no doubt she knows already that she is on her way to a kind, gentle and loving new life. Thank you for all the work involved to enable this to happen, you are all amazing ???✨?

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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    I could only repeat what’s already been said. Suffice to say I’m overwhelmed by this news and by Global Sanctuary Elephants, Brazil and the Blais duo for their unrelenting hard work for elephants ??❤️ God speed to all ❤️?

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    Muriel Servaege says

    God bless Mara!

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Soooo excited for Mara. . Once again we have the awesome privilege of watching another beautiful soul gain her freedom, thanks to all at GSE. It will be wonderful watching her get acquainted with the ‘girls’. ?♥️?

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    Anna M Spencer says

    So very happy for Mara. The herd is growing and will heal together. Safe travels to all, and once again…..A HUGE Thank you for all of the staff in Brazil and Argentina for being so diligent to offer this “freedom” for Mara.

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    Sheila says

    Wow!‼️wow bravo scott and kat team‼️ funny I certainly thought about the news. Scott told. To rana. Recently and how perky u said her eyes. Got! But……On the other hand I thought it was about lady! Awesome news sweet mara?. Is ?. Loaded and enroute may god be with the argentina group to brazils border‼️ well scott u must tell mara about her 3 sisters she will be meeting very soon wow! And now u will have 4 ladies ptl! The herd is herds growing sweet awesome mara❤️

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    Lane Olson says

    This is thrilling. And what wonderful news for all of us stuck in our homes waiting out this terrible scourge. Happy supporters, happy rescuers, happy elephant. Yay.

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    Sherry says

    Bless her heart, here she comes!

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