Scott and Kat Answer Your Questions (Part 1)

We received an impressive number of questions in response to our invitation to “Ask Us Anything.” Last week, Trish took on the first round of answers, and now Scott and Kat take a turn with another set of your questions. We’ll be back soon with more responses – but, in the meantime, please enjoy Scott, Kat, the sounds of sanctuary and, of course, Bugsy.


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    Bill says

    This video is so well done and very informative. Maybe they could do a five minute video update every few weeks.

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      Sara says

      We would love to do something like that, but the two of them are always so busy that it can be hard to find time to get them both together. Hopefully we can have more videos in the future.

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    Jillyp says

    This is great, thank you. It’s so nice to have as a video rather than written answers 💜💜🐘🐘🌱🐘🐘🌱🌾🐘🌳

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      Sara says

      We can’t always promise videos, but we hope to continue with the next session!

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    Cherry DuLaney says

    Amazing discussion and very much appreciated. Thank you.

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    Lynn K. says

    It was so lovely to see Scott and Kat together for an hour! My question is:
    How do the two of you care for your own mental health? Clearly, your passion is caring for the elephants and creating awareness of what captivity does to elephants. That said, sometimes most people need a break. Do you ever take a break? Do you get to see family? Do you even feel you can leave Sanctuary for a little while at this point? I know that you are still training staff.
    Thank you for being so caring, transparent, and informative! May you be blessed! Sending mad respect, prayers and good vibes to you both, the caregivers, all of the Sanctuary residents and especially the girls!

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      Sara says

      Thank you for your kind words. Scott and Kat take breaks when they can and will be able to do so more as the staff here becomes more comfortable and knowledgeable in their work with the elephants. There’s not too much opportunity for traveling at the moment, with the pandemic. But hopefully that will all come in time.

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    Julie says

    Love this! If I’m going to be an elephant fan-girl, I mights as well be a little more knowledgeable about the realities of these lovely ladies and what a fun way to get there!

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      Carol Andersen says

      I have learned so much from this organization. The nice thing is you can educate others about why this sanctuary is great and why zoos, circus etc are not appropriate.

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    Melinda says

    I love, love, love this! Scott and Kat bring the plight of captive elephants and their recovery through sanctuary to life!

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    nancy sowersby says

    I am wondering where the elephants are? Would rather see even one picture of those beautiful animals than you two.

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      Sara says

      We appreciate your enthusiasm and we always share information on our rescues as soon as we can. In the meantime, we want to do our best to speak to the questions that our followers send to us.

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    Anita J says

    Really great talk show! It was so nice to see Kat and Scott together (and no, I did not know they were married:-)). Anyway, I was very surprised with the enrichments and especially music question! To me sanctuary for any wild life is to give them a beautiful habitat to live in! Space, trees, grasses, bushes, ponds, streams and ZERO noise and ZERO people. Noise and people they had aplenty in their horrid, previous existence! Your place is perfect and it is still growing! It is already known all over the globe to all elephants lovers! And much admired. Now we need to get more money for more land to have room to save more poor elephants. Thank you!

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    elaine richard says

    Just spent a totally enjoyable time watching the great video of you guys and Bugsy. It was great hearing you fully answer all those questions and also get a sense of what a good team you are together.

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    Alana says

    I think you guys did an excellent job explaining the whys of what you do & the medical issues. Just makes me even prouder of what you do. I didn’t think that was possible. It also makes me a better ambassador for elephants.

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      Sara says

      Thank you! We always want to educate, but also to connect. It seems we are always busy, so we think it’s nice to find opportunities to share, when we can. And we definitely appreciate your commitment to the elephants here.

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    bo says

    a big big thank you for taking such a wonderful ‘sitting down’ time !
    such an amazing hour, filled with very clear and very interesting info, as always.
    sometimes tears of joy, sometimes yes, tears because of the more sad news.
    immense respect for both Kat and Scott for having such an amazing way of taking care for the elephants.
    their vision is the elephant vision and i am very sure the elephants sense that!
    much love to the sweet ellies and the team,

    keep calm and love elephants!
    thank you again.

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      Sara says

      Thanks for the lovely words. We appreciate your care and concern for the elephants and everyone here.

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    Meredith says

    I think I need to be in sanctuary. I am not totally sure about who I am, even at an advanced age. Odd, isn’t it?

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      Sara says

      Not so odd, I think. Some days many of us feel the same.

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    Meredith says

    Thank you. I appreciate that.

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    Sue says

    This video was such a joy. So rare to see both Kat and Scott able to set aside some time to answer questions together! I have so much respect. I often find the need to reevaluate my own wishes and wants for the Girls after listening to Scott or Kat, and to remember it is about them. To honor and respect them, and all at Sanctuary. I am so thankful for all at Sanctuary. Much Love! ❤️🐘❤️

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      Sara says

      Thank you. It definitely is rare to find the time, but it is always worth it.

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    Katie Howard says

    So many thoughts…First – the thing that drew me to GSE in the first place is your philosophy. Your absolute unwavering adherence to providing a beautiful natural habitat to provide these old souls an opportunity to heal themselves and each other, while the mere mortals assist with providing a protected space, good and varied diet and physical care as needed (IF truly beneficial)…well, I would just say it’s head and shoulders above the way we warehouse older humans. So Kudos!
    It WAS great to hear Scott n Kat together, talking about why you do what you do. This is the most I’ve ever heard from Kat and it’s great to fill in that part of the equation.
    Your mission there is very different than those who rescue, rehab and eventually re-wild orphaned elephants…& in many ways you are picking up the harder work. For instance, as you pointed out, your girls will never leave captivity except by death. The fact that you have so many ardent followers who support your work speaks to our collective crushing guilt about human treatment of elephants AND, more importantly, your realistic and holistic attitudes and actions in support of the girls’ rights to live their lives as they see fit.
    Carry on, and thank you both – and your team – again.
    “Fan” for life!

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      Sara says

      Thank you for such kind words. We are very lucky to have supporters who understand the need for sanctuary and want to understand why we approach things in the way that we do. Time doesn’t always allow us to talk to you, even through video, so we love strengthening that connection. Education is key and we are always learning, too. We appreciate having you on this journey.

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    Claudia says

    Thank you for spending the time with us. I really enjoyed it. 🙂

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Dear Scott and Kat – Your experience, love and devotion to these beautiful girls is so evident in your words. It is a very loving and wonderful occupation you have chosen, to create a healing habitat for these abused souls that other humans have damaged by captivity. Enjoyed this video tremendously, it was lovely seeing Scott and Kat together.

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