This is Kenya, many of you know her already as the lone African elephant at the Mendoza Zoo. We are in the process of building a habitat for African females (yes, species should be separated) so she can have a home at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.
The second photo is an auger, a new toy for her, although only indirectly. It may not be exciting at first glance, but it means her fences go up much faster. Those who donated to the Big Payback fundraiser have heard of it. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee doesn’t deposit funds raised from that event until next week, but the auger was the least expensive item, and we were able to get a used one for a fantastic price, so we went ahead and purchased it. It was only used here at the sanctuary. When we started building, we had to rent a backhoe, and the owner bought the auger when we needed it for the Asian fence.
To finish off the photos, the third is of the African barn from today. They are hanging the last of the gates, and then it’s pretty much done. The final picture is the beginning of fencing. Like the Asian habitat, the African area will be split into three smaller yards and two larger yards initially. The fenceline is already plotted by GPS, but now we need to walk it and make any needed adjustments. Once that happens, we can put the auger to work and begin digging holes. We have enough steel pipe for about 3/4 of the first small yard but will need to purchase another load to continue with fence construction. Each shipment of steel with delivery is approximately $25,000 US.
If you would like to donate towards building Kenya’s fencing, you can give here →
If you don’t yet know Kenya, but would like to get to know this sensitive lady, you can read more here →
June 21, 2019