We try to do a “year in review” post each December as the year comes to an end. When we sit to reflect on the past year, it is an interesting look back. It’s likely the same for many of you. Most years rarely go as planned, but this year was notable in its extreme. We know it has been a challenging year for many of you as well. There were so many ups—from bringing Mara and Bambi home, Mara’s New York Times article, our non-elephant rescues (Milo!), and, of course, the countless perfect sunsets and incredible moments with the elephants. There were quite a few downs, too, like when we weren’t sure if Mara’s rescue would happen, construction delays with the African Habitat, the wildfire, and, of course, everything involving COVID-19.
There’s so much to be grateful for this past year—our health, everything Mara and Bambi have brought to the herd, the continued growth of Maia, Rana, and Lady. Every fundraiser we launched this year began with slight trepidation. We know these are difficult times for so many of you, yet, somehow, we exceeded every fundraising goal, leaving us stunned and overwhelmed with gratitude. New humans joined our team as well—a few extra caregivers due to our most recent residents, as well as a few new “behind-the-scenes” workers. This growth allowed us to work on some new projects and made things like our holiday calendar a possibility.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2021, including a few rescues. We hope to welcome home Pocha and Guillermina, as well as our first African elephant residents in the coming year.
In many parts of the world, setting intentions or resolutions is a part of each New Year celebration. After a year like 2020, it’s hard to know what to expect for 2021. Throughout the new year, we will do our best to greet each day as the elephants do: with a peaceful acceptance of anything to come, a smile on our faces, and genuine gratitude for each little thing life brings. ❤ We wish the same for each of you.
Photo of Mara.