To celebrate the new year, we want to hear from you! Our social media is one the best ways for us to share all about the elephants, but we want to know what else you want to see.
Are there any trends you want us to participate in?
Are there certain kinds of posts that brighten your day?
In 2021, we want to bring you more of the content you love to see from your friends at GSE and all the animals, big and small, in our sanctuary. Let us know in the comments what you think!
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Melinda Barnett saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:04 pm
I love everything you do, including your posts. Can’t wait to see the mom and daughter go to sanctuary!
Julie saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:07 pm
I love exactly what you’re posting now, and if that continued I’d be as happy as a clam because bringing light to my life is like being pregnant, you either are or you’re not ? and you are! That being said, hehe. Since you asked, I dearly love details about the girls training and care. I also would love to know more about the progress of upcoming rescues. I worry so much about the dear girls & boy waiting to be rescued. If that’s not possible, though, because of political or other reasons, I understand.
Audrey saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm
I love reading about all the girls. Mara, Rana & Maia and what they’re up in the Sanctuary. They‘re all so individual, just like humans, with idiosyncrasies, likes, dislikes.
Thank you all so much for what you do to care for these amazing beings
Audrey saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:13 pm
How could I have forgotten Bambi. She’s come a long way & has met and enjoys some time with the other ladies. I remember her fear at the other sanctuary of the other resident ele, whose name escapes me. Staying in her house all the time, too afraid to leave in case she saw the bully elephant..
Kristina Hoffmann saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:17 pm
More videos of the elephants!
Susana Tejedor saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm
Tenía idea de que en Brasil había un santuario de elefantes, pero hasta que se planificó el traslado de Mara, no había investigado sobre él
Desde ese momento sigo las publicaciones a diario. Estoy sumamente feliz de ver a Mara disfrutar del lugar y he ido conociendo a todas las chicas y me divierte mucho la forma que tienen de relatar sus aventuras
Me emociona pensar que van a seguir llegando elefantes y sueño que algún día habiliten las visitas para ir a conocerlos.
Admiro la labor que están llevando a cabo
Susan saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:39 pm
I, personally, love all the videos with sound! Whether it be trumpeting, squeaking, popping or splashing in the water, bring on the noise! The birds in the background are wonderful too.
Kat Blais saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:01 pm
the only time they don’t have sound is when they are from the habitat cameras. Those don’t have sound, unfortunately. 🙂
Polly Kaczmarek saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:41 pm
My only comment would be to harness the enthusiasm of your folowers by asking them to join causes that also help elephants, such as Rainforst Alliance or similar groups. Having 1000s of supporters for just five elephants, or even 10 or 20, seems sad, as worthy as your group is. Elephants, and so many other animals, need larger picture advocates,
Kat Blais saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:09 pm
Generally, those organizations have millions in funds and hundreds of thousands of followers. Their support is much more significant than ours. It is why, although we talk about the only way to save elephants is by saving their homes, we don’t direct people to specific organizations. They have significantly more support than we do, and unlike some of the longstanding sanctuaries, we still need to raise a lot of money to build habitats to be able to house those waiting and in need. We hope to someday be in a position that we can share and help other organizations, but when we do, it will be other smaller organizations that wouldn’t be able to do their jobs without help.
Sandy Crile saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:44 pm
I love them all! I get your posts via email, Facebook and Instagram! They are repeats, but I savor them all! I especially love the videos!
Carol saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 4:57 pm
Would LOVE to see lengthier videos!!!???????
Nicole saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:04 pm
I think you all do a wonderful job on the posts! It always brightens my day when I see there is a post. I love the accompanying pictures or videos. I appreciate the updates on the health of all the elephants including how they are learning to live with each other. Thank you so much!
Nishant Bhajaria saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:09 pm
Some big photos of the elephants would be nice! Thank you for all you do.
Marcela saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm
Me encanta todo lo que publican. Pero me gustaria ver videos de las monerías que hacen las chicas, sobre todo Bambi. Y poder oírlas también. Son criaturas gigantemente adorables.
Lynn Herrick saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:26 pm
I love all of your posts, and especially the ones where you describe in detail some aspect of Elephant care, be it trunk touch training, or meal prep, or foot care.
Patricia saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:28 pm
I love everything. My problem is that I haven’t been able to post a comment in a long time. This is another test. If it gets through, hugs to all animals and human animals.
Sandy Jones-Kaminski saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:32 pm
Love it all! Would really like to see more video though. Video is the king and queen of content and virality! More videos of any of the girls and even the toucans! People/fans share more video than photos and blog posts so upping the video game will get you a larger more engaged community of followers and fans and all that translates into more donations which is what really matters to sanctuaries. Check out the Splice app if you have an iPhone. It’s very easy to use to edit and create 1 minute long videos even from still photos so you can repurpose content. Email me if I can be of help! Love you guys!
Linda M Lopez saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm
I love-love the blog posts. I stopped using FB and Twitter but still need my GSE fix! Getting to know each elephant with their differing personalities and needs as well as watching them grow in health emotionally as well as physically has helped me cope as well in my daily life. Knowing where they have been and gone through and seeing them enjoy life some how gives me perspective in my own trials and challenges. They are my reminder to move forward in joy and strength. I hope you never stop posting on the blog.
Tracy H saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:42 pm
Honestly, everything that you all are doing now is more than we deserve. These beautiful Eles are a blessing and I myself can’t thank each and everyone of you enough for what y’all do day in and day out for us as followers/lovers of these magnificent animals. The stories and videos/pictures of each one of these special ladies make my day every day. I don’t miss a post. What I do miss is my special girl Ramba. She is what brought me to know all about GSE and I’ll never forget that big beautiful face of hers. Dec 26th was a somber day. I can’t believe she has been gone a year already.
Thanks again to Kat & Scott for all you do for them as well as all of us. Love to each ?????
Can’t wait for more arrivals. ??
SHEILA saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:43 pm
I BELIEVE THE SANCTUARY DOES A FINE JOB OF KEEPING US INFORMED NUT WE GAVE NOT SEEN AN UPDATE OF LADYS FEET IN A LONG TIME! LOVE TO SEE WHEN WORK IS OCCURRING ON HER FEET AND ALL HER TREATMENTS! AS WELL AS THE TRAININGS VIDEOS!
PLUS MARAS SPECIAL MEALS AND HOW SHE EATS AND RESPONDS TO THE FOOD! MORE SELF EXPLANATORILY VIDEOS! PLUS I WONDER WHEN LADY WILL BE PUT IN WITH ALL THE LADIES IN ONE YARD! I THINK THIS WOULD BE GOOD IDEA! SHE KNOWS ALL OF THE LADIES!! NO ONE WILL HURT HER.. I THINK SHE IS SAFE! IT LOOKS LIKE SHES VERY LONELY, AND SHE WATCHES LIKE AN OUTSIDER ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE FENCE! FOR A YEAR NOW! THE LADIES CAN HELP HER OVERCOME HER FORMER TRAUMA AS SHES NOT HUGELY FEARFUL NOW BUT PERHAPS JUST SO LONELY AND DEPRESSED!
SHE CAN BE SUPERVISED BY A STAFF WITH A VIDEO AND SEE WHAT IS TAKING PLACE INTER-RELATIONALLY WITH HE OTHER LADIES! I HOPE AND PRAY MZ LADY WILL BE MORE INTEGRATED WITH HERD! GOD ?BLESS U FOLKS‼️❤️
Patricia saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:52 pm
Reply to Polly K: The Rainforest Alliance has an income of roughly $45,000,000.
Charlotte Hansen saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 5:56 pm
Thank you for asking!! The highlight of my day is this daily blog post, especially when it includes a video. I wonder if there could be a little sentence about the other ladies at the end of a post about one of them. (example: a post about Bambi could include a line about how Lady’s doing, Mara, etc.) I tend to worry about the ones not being discussed!
BONNIE JO FERGUSON saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 6:04 pm
More videos please, seems like we only get nthem when a new elephant gets there….I love them
Alana saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 6:14 pm
It always brings a bigger smile when I hear Scott talking to them. My favorite video is still the Rana squeaks. It would be interesting to see what Ladys foot treatment involves / looks like. Even though I don’t comment on all posts I look forward to them every day. & I have never been disappointed.
Pam Knaggs saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 6:43 pm
Love everything you share! I understand you try to stay out of their ‘business’ and just let them their best lives with limited human contact.
andrea saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 7:20 pm
I would love to know more about the people who work in the sanctuary, I would like to be able to see a day at work of those human beings who do so much for the wonderful guests. obrigado pelo trabalho maravilhoso!!
Beji saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Get more elephants! I know, easier said than done. You folks do a fabulous job and I can only imagine the toll it takes on you. I can also imagine the tremendous joy and gratitude that you feel by taking care of these magnificent elephants. Well done!
Anella Stewart saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm
We all recognize there are few days when you, Scott and staff aren’t up to your ‘armpits in alligators’ as the saying goes so any report we get is so appreciated and looked upon as a ray of sunshine. Personally, I love the vids where Scott engages some of the girls, but particularly Rana and how she responds so sweetly with squeaks and rumbles. So, if possible, I too would vote for more vids (w or w/o sound) of the girls enjoying the life they so richly deserve. God bless all at GSE.
Sally saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 9:22 pm
Love the videos. Also, would like to see/meet your wonderful staff, perhaps they could narrate a video, or give a quick tour of different areas there to help us get a better perspective of Sanctuary i.e. the barn, treatment area, different yards, how feeding is done. Sort of a short educational piece for us done weekly focusing on a new topic would be something we could all look forward to.
Denise Mateer saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm
Love everything that you post! Like others have said, you brighten my day. Thank you!
Steven J Buxbaum saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 9:45 pm
It would be cool to learn more about the elephants’ communication nuances. You guys read them like an open book. Could you do a little teaching as you go along? Thanks. Great work, BTW.
June Ross saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 10:28 pm
I love all of the posts…but I specifically love the longer videos with all of the sounds that emanate from the girls.
Sallie saysJanuary 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm
PLEASE KEEP ON THE SAME TRACK . . . YOU ALL ARE DOING A GREAT, FANTASTIC JOB! YOU MIX MIX, TOSS TOSS, AS EVENTS AND PERSONALITIES HAPPEN. NOTHING CAN BE PLANNED IN ADVANCE. JUST GO WITH THE FLOW AS EACH DAY SHINES UPON YOU, THE STAFF AND ESPECIALLY THESE PRECIOUS ELEPHANTS. WE ALL LOVE WHAT YOU DO, ONE DAY AND ONE MOMENT AT A TIME . . .
Alejandra Enquin saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 12:41 am
Me gustaria ver fotos actualizadas de todos los animales del Santuario tapires,cabras,perros gatos,bambis,tucanes,gallos….con sus nombres y saber como interactuan entre ellos y con las chicas,que comen y donde duermen y escuchar los Errrrs dd Mara y los de Bambi de alegria ,como sd comunican.??Gracias????????
Sunny saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 12:58 am
I am grateful for the work that you do. I like that you respect the girls and their moments, like the fact that Lady doesn’t like to be photographed. On the other hand, I always mention that I love the posts about the other residents at the sanctuary. ?
Dianna saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 1:01 am
Your post are wonderful it’s always a pleasure to hear about the ladies & what they are up to. I would love to hear more about what other animals there are around sanctuary. When I think of South America I think of the Amazon and I know not all of Brazil is like that. It would be great to know more about the habitat you’re in & the animals that inhabit it. It seems your post never have concern about any other animals hurting the girls so is there no big cats around your parts? A general knowledge would be great. & just always about the ladies.
Kat Blais saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 10:54 pm
We have pumas and jaguars, but they are not pack hunters, so they are of no concern to the elephants. And there is also a lot of food for the that is much easier to catch.
bo saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 1:15 am
Reading the reactions I think it is pretty clear that we love the way the team communicates and we all think you’re doing an amazing job!!!
Can only say THANK YOU and love to see it continue like this.
I think yes, we all love to see video’s, esp those with elephants, duh 🙂 and those with elephant sounds.
Or yes, indeed, those with Scott talking funny but if it makes some elephants uncomfortable to film them, esp from closeby, with or without talking to them, then no.
Maybe every now and then a funny knowledge about the elephants, or of the other animals.
You already do that but something like “did you know that ….. ” and share us something tou think we don’t know or something funny.
But again, you already do that.
Thanks so much again and once again: doing such a lovely job!
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 1:32 am
Any news on the elephant that was with Bambi at the zoo? I appreciate the videos of the squeaks and trumpets when the girls communicate. Close ups of Lady’s feet. Would like to see more videos of the girls getting medical treatment. Not being critical, I appreciate all updates.?♥️
carol-ann kunimoto saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 1:39 am
I love your blog posts. I check in every day for an update. You are doing amazing work!!!
My favourite posts are updates on future rescues as I can’t wait for every elephant in South America to
come “home” to your sanctuary.
Wim saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 3:50 am
Thank you for the opportunity to offer feedback. I think your daily posting format is very complete offering much wanted information. Personally I’m daily contributing to less fortunate Elephants in Asia and Africa.
I’m wondering if there are possibilities or plans creating Global Elephants Sanctuaries on both continents.
Kelejan saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 4:52 am
I was thinking about our donations. I read in the press where a particular elephant needs rescuing from horrific circumstances and I feel frustrated that I cannot afford to donate to that particular rescue. Then I console myself that I cannot help every elephant in the world, but must commit my limited funds to this sanctuary as you are doing your utmost to look after every elephant you can with every amount we send to you. Your explanation of other organisations having thousands of supporters helped me realise that my donations probably go further and you can do more good with it. Thank you for all you do and the wonderful way you let us know what and why.
Annie Hitch saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 5:22 am
Can we have some videos of training and treatment please.
Debbie Sides saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 7:19 am
Can’t wait to see the new residents in their forever paradise!
Rosie P saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 7:23 am
How can you improve when you are perfect as you are! There is nothing I would wish to change or add, I love everything about ESB and I know that all you do is for the welfare of the elephants. I so appreciate you keeping supporters informed each day. You are busy enough looking after the girls and the other non-animal charges as well as working towards future rescues ….and that is just the tip of the iceberg!
You are amazing!
Lynne Russert saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 12:23 pm
I love to read anything & everything about the girls. I can’t get enough!!!!
Sandi Paquet saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 2:12 pm
I love you guys, all that you do for the elephants and all the videos that we get to see. The only other thing I’d love to see, is you working with the elephants, maybe just a couple of videos of Scott or Kat working with them. If that’s not feasible because the elephants would be paying attention to the camera, instead of what they’re supposed to be doing, that’s okay. You’re such a great team and just would like to see more of what your normal day might be. Thank you for all that you do and I’m really enjoying my GSE calendar on my office wall, they’re beautiful.
Sherry saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 5:35 pm
I love to see the videos and what is happening at the sanctuary. I would love to see more photos and videos of all the animals you take care of there. I love animals.
Thank you very much for all you do for each other!
Pam saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 6:17 pm
There are so many things going on at sanctuary I don’t know how you keep up with it all. I would like to see more of what it takes in other areas to make it all work. There is food supply (sanctuary grown too?) and prep for all of the animals, water supply and maintenance including troughs, ponds and wallows, habitat building progress, etc. Most of all, once in a while I’d like to see how you care for some of the other residents- their habitats and your insights into their personalities and progress. The video of Dolly and the dogs following the four-wheeler was a hoot. Your hard work has rewards large and small- successful sanctuary and happy animals you get to live among.
John saysJanuary 8, 2021 at 10:07 pm
I agree with the people who said more videos. But otherwise, you’re doing fantastic! Thank you!
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