Mendoza Mail: Quarantine Progress and Steps Forward

With holidays, closures, and Covid, we haven’t had any significant updates from Mendoza to share although the staff at the ecoparque have continued to work with Pocha and Guillermina. But we are now able to share that things are moving forward with their relocation process once again. The team at Mendoza has collected the first set of blood samples to be tested, quarantine has officially restarted, and we are eager to make tentative plans for their move.Β 

Both Pocha and Guillermina are enjoying their transport crates and seem relaxed inside. They often go in to eat snacks or meals and comfortably hang out in them, usually together. The staff at the ecoparque will continue to give the girls access to their crates and work to acquire their testing requirements. Both elephants still need their Argentinian export permits renewed, which the Mendoza team has already applied for. The hope is that these will be granted during their minimum 30-day quarantine. This, of course, means a bit more waiting. But we are pleased to know that both elephants are well and everyone involved is doing their best to expeditiously move things forward with bringing both girls to their future home at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.

Photo of Pocha with Guillermina in the background


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    Susan Flewelling says

    Sounds good! Thanks for keeping us in the loop. πŸ€—

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    Wonderful news! I can’t wait to see them enjoying sanctuary life!

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    Rachel says

    Oh my goodness what a relief to hear!! I’ll remain cautiously optimistic until they arrive at the sanctuary but boy, fantastic news! πŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ

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    Katie Howard says

    2022 is the Year! This post sounds cautiously optimistic πŸ€—. Oh my…Sanctuary will have a major shift with the introduction of this mother-daughter team! Squee!!! 🀣

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    Dianna says

    This is great news. So looking forward to have P&G at Sanctuary.

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    Jillyp says

    Wonderful and exciting news. It’s great they are really comfortable with the crates and enjoy being in them. Roll on Pocha and Guillermina relocation day πŸ’œπŸŒ±πŸŒ³πŸš›πŸ˜πŸ˜

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    Samantha says

    Yay. Thank you so much for the update. Best wishes for a smooth process.

    As always, thank you for what you do.

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    Deb says

    This is really really great news!
    😍❀️ 🐘🐘

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    Tracy says

    This is great news!!!!
    Hopefully this time it will really happen!!!!

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    Carol says

    So excited for them. Fantastic news! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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    Susan says

    How exciting, thank you for the update!!! ❀️🐘❀️

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    Charlotte Hansen says

    Great news! fingers crossed!

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    Wim says

    Wonderful to hear everybody’s working hard to get the girls ready for their freedom ride.

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    Patricia says

    Thrilled! Hope has sprung back into my heart! Like others in this thread, I will be SO happy to see them at ESB. πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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    Tammy says

    Yippee!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    Carol-Ann says

    I have learnt to be more patient through this process….I want nothing more than their safe arrival so
    that their life can begin at ESB…good to know that the ball is rolling again…one day at a time!!
    Thank you for sharing this update!!!

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    Barbara Edis says

    Finally some more progress. When the announcement was made of their coming, last December or January, I fully expected them to be at the Sanctuary by last March, It’s been a long, slow road, but hopefully it will end soon and they can be free.

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      Sara says

      This certainly has not gone as anyone anticipated, but it has reinforced for us the value of patience and of gratitude.

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    bo says

    trunks crossed that whenever the move to their home in Brazil will happen, (patience, patience…) Mother&Daughter will be as calm as we hope.
    we know everyone from team elephant will do their trunky best!!

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    Debbie Sides says

    Great news! The permit renewal process will give them time to get used to being in their own crate for travel. They will see their forever home at ESB probably this yearπŸ˜ƒπŸ’š To see them take their first steps on to paradise will be amazing!🌳🐘🐘🌳

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    Anita J says

    So so happy to read this update! Transfers of elephants are never fast but add to it global pandemic and it all makes it so much harder! I always knew our girls will love the containers, accept them, get use to them. I am more worried about their 3-4 day road trip! Can’t sleep thinking about it. BUT it will go OK, like so many others. Time to bring them homeπŸ‘πŸ’–πŸ˜πŸ’–

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      Sara says

      Even though we don’t have an exact date for their move, we are feeling very positive about how things are going. And, it’s true that transporting the elephants can be a real undertaking, but all we can do is prepare for anything imaginable. Planning and preparation to make the journey as safe and comfortable as possible is essential.

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    Terry says

    So very exciting!!! They needed this time to really embrace the Crates. I wonder if they both can go in a crate big enough for two? Oh, I’m so happy for P&G!

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      Sara says

      The crates are built to hold one elephant only. It would be dangerous to have two elephants in a small space like that, shifting their weight around while riding on the back of a truck. But they’ll know the other is nearby.

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    Joyce Etter says

    I looking forward to following the transport once again. It will be so interesting watching the different reactions between Pocha and Guillermina. Pocha may remember open spaces but Guillermina might be expected to be overwhelmed or even fearful. It will be wonderful to watch their journey to realizing their new life in paradise.

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      Sara says

      We are so looking forward to it, too. We hope the necessary permits will be approved soon.

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