Sanctuary Drone Footage (+ an elephant cameo)

Watch until the end for a gorgeous sanctuary view!

For those who have wondered about just how robust and healthy that Elephant Sanctuary Brazil is, we thought this drone video might offer some perspective. At the beginning, you get a close-up look at Rana, Mara, and Bambi, with Mara doing a bit of dusting. As the picture expands, you can see the land that will eventually become an expansion for the female Asian habitat. The drone then flies over the ESB office and looks north toward the female African habitat. 

As the camera pans up and begins to move, the elephants surprisingly begin to seem smaller in size, compared to the vast expanses of land – wild spaces, yards, and ponds – that surrounds them. Eventually, you get a glimpse of just part of the scenic vista that is the sanctuary’s border. This is just part of the land that the five elephant residents currently enjoy, and what is waiting for others, once they are able to join us.


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    andrea simonetti says

    que maravilha!! que terra incrível, que lugar fantástico!

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    Allison Millman says

    Absolutely beautiful! So much space and peace for the elephants. Thank you ❤️

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    Nancy HartGold says

    Thanks for sharing, such a beautiful place that the Elephants deserve. Area is so expansive and glad there is room for more.

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    Cathe Cracknell says

    Absolutely beautiful! ❤

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    Merry says

    Please, please, more of that. My endorphin level just went through the roof!

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      Sara says

      We’re glad you loved it. We have more that we’ll try to share in the future.

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    Susan says

    Stunningly beautiful!!!

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    Julie says

    Incredible! This is definitely a video for all supporters to post to social media!

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      Sara says

      We certainly hope they do. We also hope that this serves as an example of what sanctuary truly is and the natural benefits for healing it can provide.

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    Tammy says

    Wow, amazing just beautiful paradise for sure thank you so much for sharing these incredible views can definitely see why you chose Brazil it’s even more spectacular at night with the sun setting in the background. The girls and those coming soon are sure lucky to have you all in their corner fighting so hard for their health happiness and above all their freedom! 💞🐘💗

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    Tracy H says

    Wow. What a magnificent place for all the Eles to run free. Can’t wait for more views of this magical place where healing and love transform these beautiful girls into the confident creatures God meant for them to be. Love everything you all do for these beauties.
    Like me I’m sure everyone is patiently waiting for more residents to arrive and experience true freedom in this beautiful paradise. 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘

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    JamesMichael says

    AWESOME!!! Natures’ backyard for our Ladies…Beautiful.

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    Debbie Sides says

    How wonderful to see an aerial view of this magnificent place. Truly heaven on earth.

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    The view of GSE sanctuary is breathtaking. Your land simply goes and goes and goes. It is so beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Jean says

    Stunning!!! Serene😍😍🐘❤

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    Eileen says

    What a beautiful, healing space for them!

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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    I need this drone video at least once a month !!!!!! Please do MORE of these, especially when the residents are walking around, so we can see them in their OWN surroundings !!!!!

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    Anne says

    Spectacular scenery! Thanks for sharing.

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    John says

    Fantastic! Do the elephants wander the entire property, or stay on the “paths” mostly? Are they able to navigate the hillier parts?

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      Sara says

      The elephants stay in the yard(s) they have access to and not the whole property. That’s how we are able to make sure that elephants like Lady have a safe space to be. These days, the three girls you see here spend most of their time in the largest yard, which is Yard 5. They wander the entire property within that area. Some of the paths they make themselves, but they certainly aren’t afraid of making their way into pretty dense areas or over inclines. Even Lady will take on some hills when she’s in the mood.

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    Marylouise Sillman says

    Do the Elephants roam to the far off acres….if so do they return to their “home” at night for feeding time?

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      Sara says

      They stay in a specific yard each night – but you can see how large those yards can be. So, yes they wander, but they don’t have access to all of the property at once. Generally they don’t come to the barn that often, and they get the majority of their diet from natural sources. But we bring them snacks every day and they definitely know when it’s time for treats.

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    Denise Spinharney says

    This is beautiful. Have you done any of the landscaping or is it all natural design? This is just incredible, thank you for all you do for the elephants.

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      Sara says

      Most of the “landscaping” is done by the elephants, who get their natural diet through eating from trees, grass, vines, and other greenery. We do bushhogging to cut the grass when it gets particularly high, as the elephants prefer eating the shorter grasses over the longer ones. We have created some of the paths through the sanctuary, but elephants have created their own paths as well.

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    Deb says

    Thank you for the beautiful video! It’s so nice to see all the land🐘💕

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    Katie Howard says

    It does indeed provide a different perspective AND illustrates the peace imbued there!

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    Anita Janusz says

    That video took my breath away! And I watch it daily….still….Just enjoying all that greenery and huge, huge space. You guys have truly chosen a piece of paradise for the elephants. They all deserve the best after life time of misery, enslavement, confinement, loneliness, abuses and pain…and now they have the best! This home….Forever grateful here…xoxoxox

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    I really appreciated this arial view. It is so much more vast than I imagined. My question was answered in previous comments about how to keep track of the girls, and if they are able to roam the whole campus. Thanks again GSE for your expertise and care of these precious elephants. I understand we see the best parts of sanctuary life, and also understand in this type of operation there is a tremendous amount of hidden work and maintenance . So appreciated.

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      Sara says

      Thank you so much.

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