National Wildlife Day happens twice a year – September 4 & February 22. It happens twice a year to ”double the effort to help bring awareness of the plight of wild animals around the globe.”
While it would be easy for us to talk about elephants today (like we do every other day!), the fact is that the elephants at the sanctuary aren’t wild. They are still captive elephants. We do the best we can to have their lives be as wild as possible, but they will never truly be wild.
The elephants are surrounded by wildlife every day, though, and there is an incredible amount of wildlife here. From seriemas to toucans, giant anteaters to frogs, it is impossible not to see or hear wildlife everywhere you go.
We take land stewardship very seriously. As an organization, our role isn’t just to provide the best lives possible for captive elephants. It’s also to provide sanctuary for all wildlife who pass through our land or call it home.
Our rehabilitation and release program sees a steady stream of animals that will ultimately become fully independent and wild. One of our current rehab and release residents is the toucan in this video. He is allowed to come and go freely and is becoming more independent. We leave fruit out for him, but we don’t speak around him or interact with him. While you can hear Scott talking in the video, he is inside, and the toucan can’t hear him.