Many of you have asked about Tamy, the male Asian elephant at Ecoparque Mendoza. While we don’t have a significant update at the moment, we thought we’d share what we know so far.
Tamy currently has access to his enclosure as well as Pocha and Guillermina’s former space. He goes back and forth between the two sides regularly. Initially, when he was let into his new space, he spent a good bit of time looking out the fencing that was created to allow for Pocha and Guillermina’s crates and training. It’s nice to know that he has an opportunity to see the outside world from a new perspective.
The ecoparque is currently trying to source some sand to spread in his enclosure to create a softer substrate in some areas. At this point, he has not begun protected contact training for the procedures required for his quarantine, though the management at Mendoza are currently trying to get that implemented.
If we have more information to share, we will add it to our Current Progress page at https://globalelephants.org/current-progress/
Photo of Tamy at Ecoparque Mendoza
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Peggy Quentin saysMay 24, 2023 at 2:10 pm
How old is Tamy?
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 2:24 pm
He’s about 50 years old.
Carmen saysMay 24, 2023 at 2:22 pm
Aguardando ansiosamente a vinda do Tammy!
Christina Ali saysMay 24, 2023 at 2:26 pm
I’m always thinking of Tamy and the others when they are coming home to Brasil and I welcome your updates all the time x
Debbie Sides saysMay 24, 2023 at 2:30 pm
It will be so nice when they get the training started. When all the paperwork is done and crate training, Tamy can cone home to ESB!💚
Carol saysMay 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm
My heart breaks for Tamy. What a terrible existence for him. Let them speed it up and get him home to our glorious sanctuary very soon. Prayers going up for news of his upcoming freedom. 🙏🏻🏻💙
Sandy + Keith saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:35 pm
So disheartening to learn he isn’t even being prepared to enter his next chapter yet. How hard can it be to get him some sand?? Would it help if we started a GoFundMe for a sand delivery??
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:38 pm
The ecoparque has that part covered, but thank you for your generosity.
Carey saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:36 pm
Bless his heart he looks old. And he is old by zoo standards, longing for him to get out of there and see his daughter again. I don’t know whether everything is ready for him your end or whether more building has to be done, but if we need to fundraise again for him I’ll do mostly anything to speed things up!
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:39 pm
Thank you for that kindness. The funds have been raised and the construction is well in progress. That’s just not what’s holding things up.
Nishant saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:38 pm
Do you have a sense of when he can make it to GSE – best/worst case?
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:41 pm
It’s truly impossible to know, given the fact that most of the process is out of our hands.
Carey saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:42 pm
Thank you for updating us. Same as Carol, longing for Tamy to get the hell out of the pit and get a decent life before he dies. He’s looking old bless his heart. Who can tell what he thought when Pocha and Guille left him on his own. Not sure if everything is ready for him at your end but if we need to fundraise again for Tamy’s tomorrows there’s not much I wouldn’t do to help !
Maureen saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:43 pm
I look forward to the day when we hear that things are finally moving forward to bring Tamy home. Those pits are such a miserable place. It is good to hear that he at least can see a small bit of the outside world but that is just not enough. Sending up prayers that Tamy will be home soon!!
Julia saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:48 pm
Esperamos que pronto este con Ustedes disfrutando de su vida!!!
Tammy saysMay 24, 2023 at 3:55 pm
Sending prayers for Tamy to be rescued soon! Thank you ESB as usual you all do amazing things to help save these beautiful gentle giants and I know soon Tamy will be another one set free!
Patricia saysMay 24, 2023 at 5:38 pm
I think about Tamy and pray for him all the time. Also praying we get good news soon about Tamy having his chance at freedom. 🙏🙏🙏
Nancy Crider saysMay 24, 2023 at 6:12 pm
Fingerers crossed the process for Tamy’s release to sanctuary moves along quickly. I seem to have missed something along the way … is Tamy Guilie’s father?
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 6:29 pm
Yes. Tamy is Guille’s father.
Charlotte Hansen saysMay 24, 2023 at 6:27 pm
It’s so hard to have patience with this slow process! Thank you for letting us know where things stand–I had been thinking we were farther along than this. Keep the faith–it will happen some day!
Anella Stewart saysMay 24, 2023 at 6:43 pm
I too am praying thatTamy can get rescued from that horrible life he has been living as soon as possible. He’s certainly aging and must have felt the lonliness since Pocha and Guille left.
Even though they won’t be together in the same area at GSE, is there any way he will be able to recognize Guille as his daughter if they happen to meet at a fence line?
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 6:49 pm
It seems likely that they would recognize each other.
Lori Hoover saysMay 24, 2023 at 6:47 pm
Thank you so much for the update. It’s nice to know Mendoza wants to help, and I hope they find access to all the sand Tamy could want. He does look like he enjoys his greenery for wardrobe, too. Hopefully, protected contact training can get started soon. I’ll be hoping things progress for Tamy soon, sooner than we think right now. Fingers crossed.
Patricia saysMay 24, 2023 at 7:50 pm
Tamy is Guille’s father! OMG! 💖🙏💖
Bonnue saysMay 24, 2023 at 9:00 pm
Sara Tamy is Fifty years old also how is is health will he be able to make the journey I sure hope so
Sara saysMay 24, 2023 at 9:09 pm
We are planning for it.
Bonnie saysMay 24, 2023 at 9:03 pm
Spelled my name wrong
Terry saysMay 24, 2023 at 11:28 pm
Obviously this whole process can’t move fast enough for us all…most especially for Tamy!
The girls are keeping their energy in his space in anticipation of his future arrival!
Rachel saysMay 25, 2023 at 1:21 am
Tamy deserves the same sense of urgency as the rest of his family. Isolated and without his family has to be challenging. Please advise on next steps and how we can assist.
Sara saysMay 25, 2023 at 1:03 pm
The next steps must be taken by the staff at the ecoparque in Mendoza. Until they begin training, there is not too much that we can do.
Pat saysMay 25, 2023 at 2:46 am
Hope that Tamy will be reunited with his daughter Guille sooner rather than later. He must be feeling very lonely and forgotten. Finger’s crossed that things change very soon.
Charise saysMay 25, 2023 at 5:01 am
Geez. How much does sand cost? I think between all the followers of GSE on social media we could get sand there asap. Sorry. I don’t like the Ecoparque Mendoza dragging their heels on everything. How can anybody think that situation was in any way ok for elephants. Bless Scott & Kat & GSE
Sara saysMay 25, 2023 at 1:04 pm
They seem to have the sand part covered. It’s just a matter of training at this point.
María Elizabeth Alvarez saysMay 25, 2023 at 8:44 pm
Ojala pueda ir a vivir pronto al Santuario!!!
María Elizabeth Alvarez saysMay 25, 2023 at 8:45 pm
Y que pasó con Kenya????
Sara saysMay 26, 2023 at 11:15 am
Kenya is waiting on permits before she can come to sanctuary.
Sharon Cali saysMay 27, 2023 at 2:03 pm
If Kenya comes first, will Tamy be able to leave the pit and take her spot above the pit ?
Kat Blais saysMay 27, 2023 at 4:27 pm
That would be up to Mendoza to decide. It would require a transport container to get him there, so most likely not.
Sandi saysMay 27, 2023 at 11:42 pm
How sad that they’re not even close to transporting him to the Sanctuary. I hope that before he dies, he’ll be able to experience the grass and the sand and dirt and mud baths!
Pat saysMay 29, 2023 at 7:23 am
Thank you for the update on Tamy, waiting to hear when she can finally go to new home. God bless all of you, taking care of these beautiful girls.
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