The News on Mara You Have Been Waiting For!!


Update on Mara’s permit status: APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!

While her paperwork is approved, she still needs to undergo her 30-day quarantine period, as required by law.

Scott will be traveling to Buenos Aires next week to spend a few days at the EcoParque. He will be working closely with Mara’s team of dedicated caregivers as well as coordinating with officials at the EcoParque. They will begin the quarantine while Scott is there. Scott will return to the Sanctuary in Brazil during the majority of the quarantine itself. He will return to Buenos Aires a few days before Mara’s transport and will travel with her, coordinating the caravan. Her rescue is around the same distance as Rana’s rescue, so we expect it to take 4-5 days.

The quarantine has to be a minimum of 30-days, but it can be longer. Due to scheduling and logistics, Mara’s quarantine could potentially run over, and we are looking to begin her transport at the end of March or beginning of April.

Mara was born in India before 1970 and was initially transported to Germany. She ultimately ended up in South America, where she belonged to at least three circuses – one in Uruguay, then two circuses in Argentina. She’s been in her current enclosure since 1995. We are very excited to give her a new life. She will have room to wander, mud wallows, ponds, creeks, itchy-scratchy tree, and friends – Rana, Maia, and Lady. We can’t wait to embark on this journey with all of you.

February 19, 2020

Mara’s Page is coming soon!



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    Irene says

    Totally awesome! Mara is so fortunate to be able to experience freedom! We can’t wait to follow her travels! And to welcome Mara home!! ?♥️

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      Nancy jordan says

      I’m so excited for this to happen. So looking forward to following Maras journey to her forever home, forever loved and cared for by you lovely people at sanctuary

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    Jane PLETZ says

    Very excited

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    Maggie says

    Wonderful news. Can’t wait for her journey to begin. ????????

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    JoAnn Merriman Eaton says

    YEA!!!! a new life of freedom for Mara. Do we know her health status? Her issues from being in captivity? Cannot wait to follow along with Mara on her journey to GSE.

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    Maggie says

    Fantastic, can’t wait for her journey to begin. ????????

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    Rachel says

    HIP, HIP HURRAH!!! Wonderful, exciting, heartwarming news. Sooo happy for her upcoming new life with all of you and the other ele ladies at the sanctuary. I’ll be following her journey to a better life with anticipation, prayers, and financial support of some sort – as I did for Lady. HIGH FIVES!! ? ? ?

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    Susan says

    Such EXCITING news!!!!!! We cant wait to see you at Sanctuary Sweet Mara!!! ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️????❤️❤️❤️

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    Carmen Lucia Souza says

    WOW!!!! Mara we are waiting for you!!!!!!

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    Eve Brattland says

    Wonderful news to hear at last. A new beginning in the autumn of the year! ?❣

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    SHEILA says

    aaahhh so excited!!! thanks for update!!!! very excited!!! ?. cant wait to meet mara!i hope shes not so fearful as lady! of the sisters maia and rana!! oh im sure ranas? dear broken heart over ramba will be so happy she gets to be with another sister friend! in the mean time im praying this lil lady gets more friendly with rana and mia

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    Dianna Johnson says

    Fabulous news, another sweet baby is going to make Sanctuary home. Can’t wait for her arrival

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    Rosie P says

    Fantastic news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant to hear that Mara will soon be home! I shall be counting down the weeks and trying not to get over excited! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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      Jean says

      So happy to hear❤❤?❤?

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    Barb says

    Fabulous news!! Mara will be so happy to get settled in her new forever home at ESB. And all of us are elated to get the word. Thank you so much for updates.

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    Gillian says

    Fantastic news can’t wait for the rescue to begin

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    Sherry says

    A caring and loving life for Mara will be at GSE in Brazil!! She is on her way. I feel so good for her and her new life there!

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    Julie says

    So happy and relieved the permit is approved! I can’t wait to see her pics with a backdrop of lush, green Brazilian paradise!

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    CyrAnn says

    Best news ever!!!!!
    Safe travels Scott. Can’t wait for updates!!!!!

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    Alana says

    Oh Boy! Can’t wait!

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    Carol-Ann says

    I have been hoping everyday for a few weeks to read this.
    I can’t wait for her to have your loving compassionate support and for her transformative journey
    to begin. SUPER NEWS!!!!!

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    Carey says

    Wonderful news, Mara will finally get most of what she needs after all her trials and tribulations. Their histories are so extreme. Now we know more. There’s nothing like watching and getting updated on the changes that occur in sanctuary. I’m sure we will all be helping to make it happen. Scott and team doing a lot of travelling – seeing the country and that huge continent ! Enjoy and Thank you all.

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    Donna Johnson says

    My heart is jumping for joy for the love and joy these beautiful sweethearts will receive!!! Thank you so much!!

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