Who Are The Mendoza Elephants?

The short answer – they are Tamy and Kenya, the two remaining elephants currently living in the Ecoparque Mendoza in Argentina.  The ecoparque has agreed to send them to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, but we need to expand and build our facilities in order to be able to rescue them.  This is where your help comes in for these two elephants who are in need of sanctuary.

Tamy at the Mendoza Zoo


As sad as Pocha and Guillermina’s days were, Tamy has it a little harder. Although he is Guillermina’s father, he was kept separate from the two females because he is a male. Before they departed, he spent hours at the gate that divided him from Guillermina and Pocha simply watching them interact and being affectionate with each other. Like most males, misunderstood and somewhat feared, he spends his days alone, also void of life outside of his walls.

Kenya at the Mendoza Zoo


Kenya the lone African elephant at the Mendoza Ecoparque.  She is an example of what happens when an elephant tries to communicate their needs, year after year, and is simply not heard or understood.  Kenya is labeled as aggressive, she throws things and has chosen to stop trying to let her needs be known. It hasn’t made a difference in the past, so she has given up and shut down.

There Is Hope

Their chance to leave the ecoparque and change their life is one in a million.  After decades, the Mendoza elephants have the chance to live immersed in nature, to go for a walk that actually leads somewhere, to open their view and senses to a world they have been deprived of for so long.  One of the hardest parts is done, the ecoparque is ready to let them go, but their new homes need work.

How you can help change their lives:
To be able to bring Kenya and Tamy home to sanctuary we need to expand the female African habitat and construct a new area for Tamy. It’s a tall order, but it’s the only way to give back some of what humans took from them so many years ago. This expansion will not only give them the opportunity to truly live but will also create space for other elephant rescues as well. These deserving elephants aren’t the only ones waiting for sanctuary; there are numerous others that will benefit from your giving spirit.

Mendoza News

Pocha and Guillermina’s Last Moments in Argentina

May 10, 2022

Finally Pocha and Guille are ready to roll into Brazil in this emotional moment with Scott.

Pocha and Guillermina Are On the Road to Brazil!

May 7, 2022

Time for Pocha and Guillermina to hit the road and come to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil! Trish and Scott give a quick update to show crates loaded on the truck and ready to roll!

Mendoza Update With Scott and Ingo

May 7, 2022

Good morning from Ecoparque Mendoza. A little bit of time starting off with Kenya, the female African elephant, and then Pocha and Guillermina. Ingo also speaks part way through, for all of those who speak Spanish.
No move date yet, but the girls are doing great.

Scott is Live from Mendoza!

May 3, 2022

SURPRISE! Scott is coming to us live from Mendoza this morning as preparations are underway to begin the transport of Pocha and Guillermina to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.

Chrissy and Karissa have arrived in Mendoza

February 13, 2021

Pocha and Guillermina, mother and daughter from Mendoza, Argentina, are our next two rescues!
Chrissy and Karissa are now in Argentina and have begun working with Pocha and Guillermina at EcoParque Mendoza. They will be training P&G for behaviors that are necessary during their quarantine. Once they are comfortable that both Pocha and Guillermina are ready to go, a 30-day quarantine will begin.

Working toward a solution

February 24, 2021

Chrissy has shared her first #MendozaMail from Argentina, where Pocha and Guillermina are getting ready for their upcoming rescue! It has been one full week since our arrival and one full week of getting to know Pocha, Guillermina, Kenya, and Tamy. Boy, what a week it’s been! This is my first time in Argentina and my first project working with soon-to-be-rescued elephants living in a “zoo” type environment.