We are extremely excited to be able to announce the property we hope will be the home of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, with your help.
We are in the final stages of working with the lawyers, checking every last corner to make sure the elephants’ space is legally protected. As soon as we receive the ok, we will sign the final contract with the landowner and will be able to start construction right away.
The land is a stunning 2,800-acre property in Chapada dos Guimarães, Brazil. Chapada is a small town in the exact center of South America, known for its beautiful parks, abundant wildlife and gorgeous cliffs. This property will give back so much of what elephants need to live a life that stimulates them both physically and psychologically. The topography is very diverse, offering fields, plateaus, hills ranging from moderate to challenging, rock faces, and lots of nooks and valleys to explore. There are numerous fresh springs, streams, and creaks throughout the property, and the water is fabulous. There are areas of dense forests that offer cooling temperatures but also trees throughout the fields, offering a short reprieve or nap from grazing. Due to the hills and cliff faces, the land is also very protected; it is a secure little piece of paradise nestled amongst the beautiful backdrop of Brazil.
Chapada has the warmest daytime average high of 85°F in October and the coldest nighttime average low of 55°F in July. Along with optimal temperatures, there is a constant refreshing breeze that blows throughout the hills and valleys. Chapada has a short enough dry season that the fields will remain green throughout the year, allowing for year round grazing and foraging for the elephants. The ideal temperatures mean there will be no need for elephants to return to a barn at any point in the year, unless they desire to seek shelter in our open-air medical centers or shelters. This means a much more of a natural life for the elephants, and with the reduced development and operational cost it means more funding that is able to be put directly towards the care and rescue of elephants.
In order to be able to begin rescuing elephants, we will need to complete the first phase of development on the property. This first phase has a cost of $450,000, which may be reduced drastically if we are able to receive a donation of used drill pipe that will be used towards fencing (the biggest expense). This first phase will enable us to immediately accommodate 4-6 elephants comfortably, depending upon species, gender, and compatibility. This first phase includes:
- Down payment for the land
- 2 adjoining 20 acre corrals
- A 2-stall elephant medical care center with training area and restraint chute
- Security fencing
- Necessary infrastructure
The property already includes 2 modest homes to allow for caregivers to live on grounds to provide 24-hour care and security.
If a problem arises with the title of this property at the last minute, we already have two backup properties ready and waiting. Elephants in South America need an alternative now, and together we can help provide them with not only an alternative, but somewhere they can live naturally, on expansive diverse space, where they are treated with the respect and patience needed, allow elephants that have struggled through a life of captivity to heal and rediscover themselves. Once the initial elephants arrive and settle in, we will continue to grow, building more fences, constructing additional medical centers and reaching out to help more elephants in need. A new life for captive elephants from South America is just a trunks reach away.
If you have questions, please post them in the comment section underneath. We would love any excuse to talk more about the property or the future of Elephant Sanctuary Brazil.