Ramba’s Loss of a Friend


During the process of getting everything ready for Ramba’s rescue, we have discovered some new information along the way. We knew that at one point Ramba was with another elephant, but the more we learned, the sadder the story became.

It seems that Ramba arrived in Chile, from Argentina, at the end of the 80s. She didn’t come alone. Ramba came with another Asian elephant named Bambi. The story is that they were raised together in Argentina. About eight years after they arrived in Chile, Bambi died. The reason was unknown, but there was a suspicion of issues with food and water.

Being alone is a tragic reality for any elephant, but being alone after sharing a close bond with another elephant is heartbreaking. Ramba knows what a gift friendship is, and the void that is left behind when you lose someone that close. What helps most elephants through that loss the most, is another elephant. But Ramba didn’t have that. We hope she will be open to welcoming friends into her heart once again.

Ramba’s fundraiser is 69% of the way to the goal of the cost of her flight to Brazil.  Check it out here →  Many thanks to those who have already donated.   There’s still time to give and share to help bring her home to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Together we can change her life forever.

August 26, 2019


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    Kelejan says

    That makes we want to weep for Ramba. All the more reason to bring her home.

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    Susan says

    Have any of the elephants in sanctuary ever had babies? How/from where do most elephants in captivity like zoos arrive there in the first place? No matter how they arrived, the pain and trauma they have suffered is heartbreaking. I am so full of excitement and hope about Ramba’s arrival at Sanctuary. Another sweet, beautiful soul. ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️????

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      Kat Blais says

      No, none of them have been bred. It’s not that common in South America. One zoo used to breed their Africans, but many of their attempts were tragic, so they stopped. Mendoza Zoo bred Pocha and has Guillermina, but I believe that’s all of the breeding that has gone on in the continent, at least on record. Most of the older elephants were all caught from the wild and shipped to other countries. It is part of knowing the suffering that all of them have been through. Even if their adult life could be considered ‘good’, the beginning of their life in captivity was horrific.

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    Sherry says

    God does not want Ramba to be alone. Remember God told Noah to take 2 of each animal male and female on the ark?

    Lets us all help Ramba so she doesn’t have to be alone for the rest of her life!

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    Danielle says

    Not to be pessimistic but is there a plan if you DON’T meet the goal? Can you easily reschedule or will it get delayed for months to organise the logistics of moving an elephant?

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      Kat Blais says

      Up until a certain point, we can reschedule. The airline is trying to be flexible, but we are taking their plane out of commission for a good chunk of the day. We have a mailer going out next week and we are going to try to get some media coverage, and believe we will reach the goal in time.

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      Carolyn McNeil says

      We raised 70% of the money in three weeks. Many people gave two donations and purchased shirts. I plan to make two more donations during September as many others willl donate too. We will not let Ramba down!

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    Carey says

    Poor Ramba. This is very sad indeed. I so hope like everyone that she will find elephant friends at GSE One of the reasons I donate is to try to make up for the awful sadness “we humans” have caused elephants.
    I have wee request, I would find it (as others would too probably) really educational to see video of her/your journey from start to finish, with a rough time line ? Just bits of filming and stills as the journey proceeds?

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      Kat Blais says

      from her rescue to ESB?

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