While this project is new to many, it has been years in planning and preparation. As mentioned above, one of the key members of our team helped to pioneer this model of successful elephant care in 1995. With 3 sanctuary models, each with more than 20 years of tremendous success, we have a strong basis for our facility design, development and long-term operation. Scott Blais, the CEO of Global Sanctuary for Elephants, has more than 25 years of experience and has worked with more than 50 captive elephants. This direct experience of working with captive elephants, combined with his knowledge of Sanctuary development and operation, creates a wealth of knowledge and experience that is being applied to Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. We are also grateful and deeply fortunate to have notable and renowned expert Dr. Joyce Poole, cofounder of ElephantVoices. Joyce has lived with and studied elephants in Africa for more than 40 years. Her encyclopedic knowledge of wild elephant behavior is invaluable to our operations. It will ensure that the innate and natural life of elephants is respected and honored while also taking into account the compromises caused by captivity.