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.
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