caregiver

Thanks For a Wonderful Year: Part 1

Your support means the world to every member of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants and Elephant Sanctuary Brazil team. Here, some of our caregivers at ESB send their thanks and good wishes. They witness each day how your generosity helps transform the elephants’ lives, and they are incredibly grateful. While…...

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Shirlei’s Perspective on Sanctuary Life

We often talk about how caring for elephants involves learning the nuances of each individual and adjusting your care approach accordingly. Recently, one of our newer employees, Angelica, was speaking to Shirlei about how impressed she was by how much physical work Shirlei is able to accomplish. Shirlei is petite,…...

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Do Elephants Prefer One Caregiver Over Another?

We get a number of questions about whether caregivers have “favorite” elephants (which Scott and Kat talked about in the AMA video) or if elephants have people they prefer over others. Truthfully, the answer is: yes and no. ...

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The Staff at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil Grows

We are lucky to have a dedicated team of caregivers, with hearts and minds open to learning what it takes to provide true sanctuary for the resident animals. The idea of “sanctuary” is more than just providing a beautiful habitat, but is also about developing deep relationships and comprehensive understanding…...

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Caregiver Training and Mateus’ Growth

Training to become an elephant caregiver is a slow and intricate process. You have to commit to learning practices that are specific to elephants and you also have to be willing to watch, listen, and allow yourself to be vulnerable with the elephants in order to be attuned to their…...

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Rana the Caregiver Gatekeeper

Once our elephants have been here for a bit, they get a bit set in their ways and routines.  It’s true for most species – even humans. Though each day is a little different, there are certain things they come to expect in specific ways.  It’s something we don’t necessarily notice, and…...

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