The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is a charming and hopeful one, but if we learned one thing in 2021, it’s that making resolutions and plans according to your own deadlines doesn’t always work out the way you want. So, rather than make a traditional resolution for 2022, we are going to make a pledge to continue our work with intention and gratitude. We, and hopefully you, will celebrate every yard that gets fenced in for the male Asian elephant habitat; we will kick up our heels with each new step toward wellness that every elephant makes. Timelines and preconceived notions don’t apply during the healing process.
This new year will see Ingo return to the sanctuary to meet the girls already here, and later to Mendoza to finish preparing Pocha and Guillermina for their move to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. That in itself is reason to embrace joy and then to celebrate as the two arrive. Now that the male Asian habitat is coming together, we envision Tamy taking his first steps towards a new life; we know that this will take openness on our part to gain his trust and allow him to understand what the future holds.
Kenya, Pupy, and Kuky’s future home in the female African habitat takes our breath away each time we see it. It will soon grow and their newfound freedoms will prove that there is more greatness to come.
We intend to hold tight to our beliefs that each elephant deserves the opportunity to make their own choices. The elephants we have known in the past will guide us, just as the elephants in our lives now will continue to be our teachers. This life at sanctuary is a gift and now, more than ever, we know that a resolution must be an overarching goal, one that always reminds us of why we are here. We look forward to sharing with you the journey that 2022 will bring.
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Barb Campbell saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm
So excited for 2022 and build the sanctuary love it 💗💗🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘
Zoi saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 2:15 pm
Of course, we all celebrate every yard that gets fenced in for the male Asian elephant habitat, and specially the arrival of P&G, and the rest of the gang. Tons of love and appreciation!!!!
Andrea Kerin saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 2:49 pm
So so beautifully stated! I just now watched the two end-of-year thank you videos. I have tears in my eyes meeting the incredible people who work so hard AND so tenderly to make a bright future for ellies who’ve suffered at the hands of others. Thank you all so much!
Suzanne Eaton saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 4:34 pm
Eloquently presented to your followers and supporters. 2022 will be a year of change and renewal for the elephants patiently waiting for sanctuary. I can hardly wait to follow each move of these deserving elephants.
Thank you for all you and your staff do.
Wim saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 5:09 pm
Every step and every year are important with all wonderful work that’s already achieved.
I firmly believe 2022 can be a keystone year for many elephants.
Lila Nieto saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 5:18 pm
Very exciting! Happy 2022!!!!!
Tracy saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 8:54 pm
Beautifully said. Here’s to 2022 and all it brings.
jean saysJanuary 1, 2022 at 9:00 pm
I wish God blesses you and everyone at Sanctuary with the might to take every problem head
-on and emerge triumphant in 2022. Happy New Year!
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysJanuary 2, 2022 at 2:01 pm
Happy New Year!🎊🎉. 2022 is going to be an exciting and wonderful year for GSE! I am looking forward to watching all the wonderful plans happen. I am proud to support, and be a member of this group. A reminder to everyone that if you use Amazon Smile, and name GSE as your designated charity, a portion is donated to GSE! 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘❤️
Kat Blais saysJanuary 2, 2022 at 2:04 pm
thank you!! yes, the elephants definitely benefit by those who set us as their charity on Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ext_ch_46-3564818
Katie Howard saysJanuary 29, 2022 at 3:22 pm
How did I miss this email? Love the idea of expressing intentions, rather than resolutions. A soft approach which exemplifies all that you do at GSE.
Haven’t thanked you in awhile for – well, everything you do! The girls thank you, of course, too. It takes my breath away to think that there will be double the number of elephants at GSE when Pocha and Guille and Tammy, and Kenya, Pupy & Kuky, are all on site. That’s a passel of pachyderms! ❤️
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