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Pocha and Guillermina: An Exciting Step Toward Sanctuary

We know this is one of those milestones that you all love, so we are happy to announce the crates have left the sanctuary and are heading to Pocha and Guillermina’s current home: Ecoparque Mendoza. Don’t worry, Minnie (the dog) did not go with them; she was just a temporary escort. The two crates left our beautiful sanctuary empty and, when they return, they will have the next lovely ladies of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil inside of them. 

The overall trip for the empty crates, including customs and all of the stops for permit and content checks, will take about a week. Once the crates arrive, they will be set up in their respective places and Pocha and Guillermina will have a chance to inspect them and get their first hint of sanctuary smells. Although the containers are cleaned and repainted when needed, the smell of other elephants lingers.

Chrissy and Karissa will be able to expand on separation training with P&G to include having them go into their separate crates and, after some time, be closed in. They are receiving their crates earlier than ‘normal’ since separation comfort is so integral to this relocation. As usual, we will keep you posted. Once we have a better idea of possible travel dates for the girls, we will let you know. But for now, it is all on their time and how their comfort levels progress. 

Every day, one step closer. 

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    Nannette Stone says

    Wonderful news! Safe journey. Better get and chase Kellogg’s up again

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    Carol says

    👏🏻👏🏻
    💃🏻💃🏻
    🙏🏻🙏🏻
    💗💗

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    Lois Steinberg says

    Good thing no one was home with me! I played this on a big screen and was clapping and waving and singing Boa Viagem. I have tears of joy. Am gasping for breath. Sending my positive vibes. Oh! And loved the cute little puppy doggie enjoying the send off as well! I am still crying. This is so emotional. I can imagine how everyone at Global Sanctuary for Elephants must be feeling.

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    Victoria B says

    Will they be coming back in the same truck? I noticed the walls of the truck shields the view of what is going on outside the crate. Is this on purpose so as to not overstimulate P & G? Or will the truck bringing them home be like what we are used to seeing?

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      Kat Blais says

      They will be riding on two trucks on the way home for safety, so the trucks will be like what you are used to seeing.

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    Elisa says

    so happy to see the progress!

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    Nancy Shaw says

    WONDERFUL !!

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    Merry says

    Brightest spot in my day! Safe travels and hurry back!

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    Katie Howard says

    Oh my God! It’s really finally happening! I know it’s a ways away yet, but this is where “the rubber meets the road”! 🤗. I am SO excited for these two and, honestly, for some reason worried about their travels. It’s going to be SUCH a sensory overload for them. More so, it seems to me, than many of the other elephants you’ve brought. I mean, these two have been living in a concrete pit for heaven’s sake!
    I also think the introduction to the other elephants may be more challenging because these two are a unit…a package deal…
    Well, we shall see, right?!!! I have total faith in your process at GSE and in Scott, Kat and the entire team, so I’m sure it will work out, but I don’t think my stomach will quit doing flip-flops until they arrive and are settled in! ❤️🐘🐘❤️

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    SHEILA says

    OH EXCITING! EXCITING👍 CANT WAIT TO SEE POCHA AND GUILLERMINA GO INTO THE CRATES👍 PLUS GET LOADED ON THE TRUCKS AND HEAD TO SANCTUARY‼️ ITS GOING TO BE PRETTY AMAZING😀 STILL DONT HAVE MY P&G T-SHIRT ORDERED ON FIRST DAY! I HOPE I RECEIVE BEFORE THEY TRAVEL! NEED TO HAVE FOR THESE DEAR 🐘🐘LADIES SANCTUARY🎊🎈🎉 CELEBRATION👍👍. CAN U IMAGINE FIRST 2 OF MENDOZA 4 RELEASED❗️AMAZING WONDERFUL EVENT‼️IM OVER EXCITED TO SEE P&G EMBRACE THEIR NEW HOME AND HOW THEY ACT WHEN THEY SEE THE FABULOUS JUNGLE AND PONDS🌴🐘🌴🌳🐘🌳🌿🍃🌱. THANKS KARISSA AND CHRISSY FOR UR GREAT TRAINING and 💕 TO LADIES🙏

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    Susan says

    I was so excited to read this post today, another step closer to bringing P&G home!! I, too, am crying tears of joy at the opportunity for these lovely Ladies. Watching every step along with all the amazing supporters and friends of Sanctuary and can’t wait for them to begin their new life. I am so very thankful for all at Sanctuary and everything you do, you are truly my heroes. ❤️🐘❤️

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    Annie Hancock says

    I’m just going to sit here and cry for awhile. I’m so happy for them I could just burst! I hope all goes well for all concerned. 🤗🥳

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    Debbie Sides says

    This is so exciting. Their reaction to the sanctuary with all its beauty and grandeur will be priceless. And of course the girls reaction to them as the new arrivals. Guillermina is in for a treat at seeing the world for the first time.

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    Lynn Herrick says

    Will they each have assigned crates, or are the crates interchangeable for separation training purposes?

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      sara says

      Each will have her own crate, which they will not be in during the quarantine. They will only enter the crates when they are ready and it is time for transport. We are not exactly sure how this will go, since this is our first time bringing more than one animal, but we hope they will take to it well. The two crates are for safety purposes.

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    Bill says

    Hooray. I can hardly wait until the story continues.

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    Holly OBrien says

    just got goosebumps!!!
    prayers for safe travels

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    Cintia Abney says

    Im so emotional right now! And seeing Minnie excitement for the “ out of ordinary” traffic made me laugh..
    can’t wait to see them arriving to the Sanctuary with P&G

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    Kenneth Newman says

    Is that truck with the crane going to Mendoza, , or was that truck just leaving GSE now that its work of loading the crates was done? Was Scott driving to Mendoza NOW? or will Scott and other GSE staff members go to Mendoza in another week or 2?

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      sara says

      The crane was used just load the crates onto the truck. And, no, Scott isn’t going now. We need him too much here! Our trainers will be there are receive the crates.

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    Kelejan says

    You keep us so well informed, giving us a taste of what is to come the this mother and daughter duo. Also something happening to keep up our interest. So looking forward to a mom and her grown-up baby.

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    Julie says

    Yay! I totally agree, Lois! This is a big one. Guillermina and Pocha there is a beautiful sanctuary horizon waiting for you. Save travels, beautiful ones! I’m going to buy you a welcome basket this week to celebrate!

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    Victoria B says

    Thank you Kat!

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    SandyJK says

    We can hardly wait until they are on the road to the sanctuary and will be sending love and light their way to help ease their anxiety and fear. Until then, was reading the Elephants in Need page and was saddened to read how many of the elephants stuck in captivity have died since you visited them. That must be so gut wrenching but have to ask about the status of the two Asian girls at https://globalelephants.org/sao-paulo-zoo-elephants/ Is a one-way trip to the sanctuary in their future at all??

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      sara says

      We have not forgotten about any of them. We think about how many elephants need rescue so often. But, at the end of the day, it really comes down to raising funds. We are a small organization and each rescue takes tens of thousands of dollars. Thank you for remembering all of those special individuals.

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    FRANCINE FORD says

    So VERY excited to hear! Wondering Pocha’s history & if the shift will trigger memories at all. As for Guillermina, the only life she’s ever known is the one inside that awful concrete pit. 🙁 Just hoping they will both be ok being apart from each other for the trip to SANCTUARY. I can’t wait!
    ❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘❤🐘

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    Julie says

    Thank you, Sara, for your work with ESB. You don’t have to post this, but I just wanted to say that you probably only need to ask for the money, and this elephant community will provide. Heck, some of us would even fly down there to volunteer and pay you rent while doing it. Only you all know if that kind of thing would work out, but my point is you’ve got a big and loving community out here. Don’t be afraid to ask!!!

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      sara says

      We are grateful for every penny our supporters provide. Our community is what keeps us going. Know that we will absolutely be communicating our needs. All of you keep us moving toward our goal of bringing as many elephants to freedom as we can.

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    Tracy H says

    So excited that P&G are just one step closer to their forever paradise!!!!! Can’t wait to watch their journey home. With all the sweet squeaks they make can you imagine the parties that are going to take place when they finally arrive and meet their new family.
    Thanks again for everything y’all do for these beautiful ladies.

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    Beji says

    God speed you brave elephants!

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    fernande poitras says

    quelle bonne nouvelle même si je savais déjà maintenant c est certain qu elles s en viennent chez elles enfin libreJ ai tellement hâte de les voir avec leurs autres amies j espère qu il y aura une énormes Fête Ce sera une telle Joie de les voir arriver

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    Lila says

    So exciting!

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    Sunny says

    This is extremely exciting 🤗

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    Kenneth Newman says

    Will those driving to Mendoza NOW, take the same route as the trucks coming back with OUR P and G? Or will the GSE trucks go thru Paraguay to save time NOW……I believe that the least number of countries crossed makes for less paperwork, less issues at passport control, less potential border guards to deal with, etc… ( I have been to 20 countries, including in the EAST Block in 1986), so I can imagine driving with 2 elephants, the border guards can be trouble, and less potential problems with ONLY 2 countries……I’m sure that when the trucks are returning with their valuable cargo of P and G, they will ONLY use roads in Argentina and Brazil? Correct? I’ll be following the transport with my South American map, which is very good……

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      sara says

      For safety reasons, we won’t be making any comments about the route we will be taking in either direction. Just know they’ll be here sooner rather than later.

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    Gayle says

    Seeing the transport trucks leaving to pick up Pocha and Guillermina fills my heart with so much joy, I can almost hear it singing! Can’t wait for this adorable duo to finally make it home to the Sanctuary where they will live their best lives ever. ❤️

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    Bonnie says

    I am so excited this is just amazing all of you at the Brazilian Sanctuary are just amazing People now can we come live with you all I wish

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    Cannot wait for the watch party when they arrive! Oh to know what will go through their minds when they see sanctuary after being in those horrid tunnels. ❤️🐘🐘

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    Rachel says

    I just read the post and all the comments – and haven’t watched the video yet – but I had to mention how wonderful this community of supporters are. I feel as though we could all be friends. I agree with all of them and sooo excited to hear about the step by step progress being made, and how hard it is to be patient with their progress. However, due to educating us so well, I keenly understand that patience is key. I’m smiling ear to ear with this GREAT news!!

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