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.
Photo of Mara (left) and Bambi (right)