Proud to Announce our Accreditation by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Maia, Rana, and Mara

Sanctuary is a word that has such a powerful meaning, it is more than just a name that is flippantly used to gain attention. All of you who follow the girls and our work know that providing true sanctuary means everything to us. It is about getting to know each individual elephant in order to cater to what they need from sanctuary, in that moment, to move forward on their journey of healing. That is part of why we are proud to announce that Elephant Sanctuary Brazil has become the first sanctuary within South America, of any kind, to earn accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). We are also the first elephant sanctuary located outside of the US to become accredited.

Accreditation not only looks at peer-review care standards, but also examines ethics, financial stability, and safety, among other measures. We are grateful to GFAS for creating an organization that holds sanctuaries up to a higher standard and allows the public a way to search out true sanctuaries. Although it was a bit of an arduous process at times, it was worth it to become part of a group of people who are striving to make the world a better place for captive animals around the globe.

You can find our listing on their site here →  and look around to learn what it takes to become one of the 81 sanctuaries around the globe to receive GFAS Accreditation.

Photo left to right: Rana, Mara, and Maia

July 28, 2020


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    Andy Ingram says

    Congratulations. Very well deserved.

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      Wim says

      CONGRATULATIONS. What a great achievement for all of you and the girls.

      • EleComposer says

        Thank you so much, Wim. ❤️

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Andy. ❤️

      • Christine Burgoyne says

        Congratulations ? you really do deserve this accolade. We know we will see more rescues in the future.?

      • EleComposer says

        Thanks so much, Christine. ❤️

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    Julia Mercedes Eden says

    Overwhelmed by this wonderful fabulous news Global Sanctuary Elephants, Brazil ??. Choked up on emotion that you’re SO committed towards elephants to be awarded this highly esteemed honour. We, all your followers worldwide, are delighted but not altogether surprised. God bless you Scott and Kat Blais and your team of special support there. The 4 lady’s are truly in extremely capable hands ❤️????❤️

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you so much, Julia, we are thrilled. ❤️

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    Jillyp says

    You are so deserving of the award.
    You are amazing and not only for your approach and everything you do for the elephants but also for all of us and how you communicate and include us in your amazing journey.
    You must be so proud of all you’ve achieved ❤️??

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      EleComposer says

      We appreciate your kind words. Thank you, Jilly. ❤️

      • Bertica Valdes Suarez says

        Kat and Scott, what determination and professionalism. You are both one-of-a-kind decent people and trailblazers. Thank you!

      • EleComposer says

        Thank you, Bertica. ❤️

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    Thyra says

    WOW this is fantastic! Congratulations and well deserved!

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Thyra. Much love. ❤️

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    SHEILA says

    Bravo brazil elephant sanctuary‼️ yes I sure can agree that u would have to work hard to get accreditation standards of care for captive animals for sanctuaries is not a weak process! God bless you and your staffa d of course the 4 ladies, maia! Rana! Lady! Mara! And may the near future bring more elephants to this glorious gorgeous sanctuary❤️???

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you so much, Sheila ❤️

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    Kate says

    So very happy to see this and you are all so deserving of this. I just love what you do?

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Kate. ❤️

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    Denise Spinharney says

    Very well deserved! Your care and attention to these elephants is very heart warming.
    I can tell you all work so hard and it shows in so many ways.
    Congratulations on the accreditation.
    I so enjoy checking in every day to find out what is new in your world, thank you

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      EleComposer says

      Kind words – thank you, Denise! ❤️

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    Robyn Messina says


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      EleComposer says

      Thank you so very much, Robyn! ❤️

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    Tracy H says

    Congratulations!!!!!! Well deserved for a special place with special people and beautiful sweet Ele girls.
    The love and care you show to Maia, Rana, Lady and Mara is beyond words.
    Thanks again for all you do

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      EleComposer says

      Tracy, thank you so much. ❤️

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    Paula says

    Se merecen este reconocimiento con todos los honores. Por todo el esfuerzo, la seriedad, el compromiso, el respeto y el amor a los elefantes ❤
    Ustedes fueron las únicas personas que pensaron en rescatar a los elefantes cautivos de Latinoamérica, eso es algo que yo les agradeceré toda mi vida.??
    Felicitaciones Kat & Scott Blais desde Argentina!
    Gracias con todo mi corazón ❤

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      EleComposer says

      Hermosas palabras, muchas gracias, Paula. ❤️

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    Alana says

    You guys! Scott & Kat you are just amazing, you never stop doing all you can do. So glad to be on this amazing journey (from a far) with you all.

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      EleComposer says

      We’re glad you’re on this journey with us, Alana, thank you. ❤️

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    Bernadette’s says

    Big congratulations. I can appreciate what going through accreditation means.

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Bernadette. ❤️

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    SALLIE says

    Congratulations! So well deserved, and such a wonderful example to all sanctuaries of what you do! Each one of you is an inspiration, and all that kindness and caring, rubs off on each of your beautiful elephants. You are great inspiration to me, with only 7 years into an ngo. Asante sana.

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, and best wishes with your NGO, Sallie. ❤️

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    Tammy says

    Congratulations to you all for this amazing honor which is well deserved! Each and every one of us who’ve been following you either from day one or like me happily stumbling upon the Sanctuary on Twitter when beautiful Ramba was preparing for her final journey home we all knew and couldn’t help but want more and more because of your undeniable love, compassion and never ending commitment to give these incredible Elephants back what was stolen from them many years prior trying to help their many physical and deeply emotional scars heal is such a heart warming story that should honestly be made into a documentary film and shared with the world. Once we start we just can’t stop we all have become such a huge proud family with one common goal to save these gorgeous girls. Thank you both for all you’ve given with much love and big hugs Scott and Kat you have earned this many times over ?????

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      EleComposer says

      Deeply appreciated, Tammy, thank you. ❤️

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    Heidi says

    Wow! Congratulations! I knew I picked a great organization to support!

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Heidi, we really appreciate your support. ❤️

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    Allison Guy says

    Wonderful news and so well deserved!

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you so much, Allison. ❤️

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    Carol-Ann says

    I have also thought of Global Elephant Sanctuary, Brazil in this regard…now it is OFFICIAL!!
    Your hard work , LOVE for our fellow animals and competence in elephant care and rehabilitation has been recognized.
    So proud to support you!!!

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      EleComposer says

      Much appreciated, Carol-Ann. ❤️

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    bo says

    This is sooo heartwarming and soooo well deserved!!!
    You all must be immensely happy 🙂
    Happy for the wonderful elephants already there with you in Brazil and happy for those who will come and live there in the future!

    So glad!
    Congratulations indeed!!!


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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Bo. ❤️

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    Rosie P says

    I am bursting with pride and admiration for you. This is so very well deserved for the total commitment and dedication and downright hard work to improve the lives of these animals. This is the way forward, this is what I want to be part of in my small way. This is why I will always support you and why I will never stop telling others what ESB is!!!!!!

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you so much, Rosie. ❤️

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says


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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, JoAnn. ❤️

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    Sherry says

    Congratulations and to all of your hard work!??☺️

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      EleComposer says

      Thank you, Sherry. ❤️

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    Leslie Sodaro says

    Congratulations humans. I am quite sure the residents feel the same in their elephant hearts.

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    Lila says

    Congratulations!!!! Of course you got accredited. Big hugs from Mexico!!!!
    QUESTION: Would it be possible for you to rescue a very sad elephant from a Mexican zoo? If so, what would the procedure be?

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      Kat Blais says

      If you are asking in regards to Ely, we are already speaking with a group that is trying to get her relocated to a sanctuary. But, as most of our followers know from the years of work that some of the rescues have taken, it is rarely a quick process. But people/groups are trying.

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    elisa says

    yyyayyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!! so happy!!!!!!!!!

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    C says

    That’s great and as it should be. I’m happy the work paid off. Are the only accreditation bodies in the US?
    All the best

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      Kat Blais says

      No, there are accredited sanctuaries around the world, just none, up until now, in South America. But many are located in the US.

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