Our Big Payback Prizes & Places So Far – Thanks To You!


• The Big Payback is more than halfway over!
• If you have not donated yet & can, please, click here to donate or learn more.
• This is an annual 24-hour fundraiser, and the only fundraiser we participate in where your donations can help us win thousands of dollars in prizes!!
• Donations only count towards prizes if they are made through the link above.

Sitting with Lady this morning telling her about the caring people from around the world that came together for her, it’s easy to become emotional. Building a sanctuary in Brazil probably wasn’t the ‘smartest’ decision, and if it wasn’t for the elephants in our past, we probably never would have tried. But without all of you, it simply couldn’t have happened. Your love and support is what made a ‘simple’ morning of quiet breakfast, in a vast habitat, with Lady looking and feeling amazing, all possible. It makes us feel like together we can do anything. It is life-changing for these elephants and we are so humbled to be part of this with all of you.

We are blown away by the fact we met our goal last night in under four hours. You guys never cease to amaze us. We are so incredibly grateful. Even though we have reached our goal, your donations can still help us win cash prizes – that’s money we need for Lady, Maia, Rana, and all the rescues to come. As you all know, we stay busy here. We never know what each day will bring – which is why any additional funds raised will go towards helping us meet whatever each day brings with one less thing to worry about.

Currently, we are:

  • fifth overall with total fundraising
  • with 531 unique donors.

We have already won three prizes:

  • “6 p.m. to 10 p.m Most Unique Donors: Medium Organizations,”
  • “Meal Time Prize: Dinner on May 6 (Gift closest to 6:30 p.m. CST),” &
  • a trivia prize before the Fundraiser even kicked off (thanks to Friends of GSE).

This is amazing, you are all amazing.


We are currently #3 for Most Unique Donors overall – which puts us very close to winning the $5,000 prize. If you have already given, please consider asking a friend to donate to help us win $5,000. We are currently at $54,566, which is $10,000 beyond our goal of Lady’s foot care costs for an entire year!

Thank you all for giving and sharing so far. If you are ready and able to donate, please head here and help us help Lady. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your support today and always. Maia, Lady, Rana and the other elephants to come are very lucky to have you as a part of their herd.

May 7, 2020




  1. REPLY
    Alana says

    There is no doubt in mind “Building a sanctuary in Brazil” was the very Best decision you ever made. Thank You!

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    Julie says

    Oh boy! I just saw you’ve got $65,000 so far. So happy for you!

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    Carey says

    Not the smartest decision? I understand the work behind the scenes that you must have been doing must make things frustrating and slow and maybe that is part of your evaluation of your decision, and the travel /logistics and other planning must be hard ,but , when there are so many elephants literally waiting for relocation around South America, unlike in the US for example I think its a wonderful decision you made and wish you the elephants and all very good luck and good fortune. (PS I hope we get some additional unique members to win those prizes!)

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    Barb says

    Fantastic! I am so thrilled that so many people have “discovered” Global Sanctuary for Elephants (Elephant Sanctuary Brazil)!

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    Tammy says

    CONGRATULATIONS to everyone at the sanctuary working so hard for these gorgeous animals you all care for. We are honored to be part of this amazing family of compassionate loving dedicated group of animal friends we truly admire you all God Bless ???

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