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These herbivorous giants are sentient beings, self-conscious, extremely intelligent and have complex societies, very similar to ours. Considered a fundamental species, they play an important role in balancing the natural ecosystems in which thousands of elephants in captivity in zoos and circuses around the world are suffering. Year after year of isolation, restriction, malnutrition, abuse and lack of exercise and adequate medical care have a severe physical and psychological impact. There are approximately, according to surveys carried out by the ESB team, 36 elephants in captivity in South America, 21 of them, live in Brazil.
There are very few terrestrial mammals that have the intellect of elephants, with whom, fortunately, we share our planet.
Carla and Haysa waited for a new chance to start over at the Elephant Sanctuary, but died waiting in captivity
In memory of this tragedy, this campaign aims to prevent this from happening to other elephants.
Elephant Sanctuary Brazil is a non-profit organization that rescues captive elephants at risk, offering them the space, conditions and care needed to recover, physically and emotionally, from the past years in captivity.
ESB is a collaboration between the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil (ESB) and two other renowned international organizations: Elephant Voices and Global Sanctuary for Elephants.
It became a reality in 2016, being the only sanctuary for elephants in Latin America, located on a large property, in Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
The Sanctuary was not only conceived with the altruistic vision of what a sanctuary should be like, but also guided by all the elephants that marked Scott and Kat Blais' past, who taught them and allowed them to be part of their lives, showing them what is needed to cure their traumas.
Scott and Kat Blais, with decades of experience at the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, left the United States together, to follow their dreams and direct the pilot project here in Brazil: “All we wanted was to offer elephants, in another part of the world, the same physical and emotional healing processes, witnessed at the Sanctuary, in the United States ”.
The Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, the first and only certified elephant sanctuary in South America, is the safest option for elephants rescued from captivity. In October 2016, the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil became a reality with the rescue of our first two female elephants - Maia and Guida. Rana was rescued in 2018, in 2019 Ramba and Lady arrived, and in May and September of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, Mara and Bambi became the newest members of the small herd of SEB. Current progress shows that we have come a long way, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
There are more elephants waiting for a chance and to start their healing journeys, like Maia, Guida, Rana, Ramba and Lady, Mara and Bambi did. The Elephant Sanctuary Brazil can offer the experience and knowledge, but we need your support to make the sanctuary a reality for other captive elephants.
Together, we are part of the solution for captive elephants. We are very grateful to you for giving these elephants the second chance they deserve and desperately need.
The Elephant Sanctuary Brazil
At the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, fences mean the freedom longed for by captive elephants in South America! SEB's main objective is to ensure that elephants have a chance to change their lives.
It is exciting and rewarding to share the achievement of rescuing yet another elephant, meaning that the final goal has been achieved, once again. We were very excited about the rescues of Maia, Guida, Rana, Ramba, Lady, Mara and Bambi, but in order for these rescues to become a reality, it was necessary to have long-term planning with several stages to be fulfilled, until we reached our final goal: the rescue of more elephants.
While we are rescuing an elephant, our team continues to work through all these previous phases, so that the rescue of the next one on the list occurs as quickly as possible. Thus, we are working on the import bureaucratic process to bring Pocha and Guillermina, two Asian females awaiting transfer in Mendoza, Argentina. They will join Maia, Rana, Lady and Mara in the habitat for Asian females. We are also working on the construction of the first phase of the habitat for African females.
In SEB, fences mean freedom for more captive elephants, waiting to be rescued.
Habitats and Elephants
The Sanctuary will be divided into 4 habitats, of varying sizes:
These structures are built with recycled steel tubes used for oil drilling.
We are currently working on the construction of the first habitat phase for African females. We plan to receive Kenya, a 32-year-old female, who lives completely alone in Mendoza, Argentina and Puppi and Kukki, two African females who live in the Buenos Aires Ecopark. The Medical Center for African female habitat is already built. The new area will allow Kenya, Puppi and Kuki to leave their current sterile lives and heal in the sanctuary.
As soon as the construction of the first phase of the enclosure for African females is ready to receive their new residents, as soon as possible, the ESB team will start the construction of the habitat for Asian males. Its first inhabitant will be Tamy, a 50-year-old Asian male, who has worked in circuses for approximately 10 years, and currently lives in the Ecoparque de Mendoza, Argentina. Tamy lives separately from Pocha, Guilhermina and Kenya, who will be transferred to SEB in the first semester of 2021.
For Tamy and other Asian males to be rescued, investments are required in the construction and development of habitat for Asian males, which include:
The first phase of the habitat for Asian males will be the home of Tamy and two other Asian males.
Help us build a new home for Tamy
The construction includes:
A) Male Asian Elephant Care Center:
Steel pipe for stalls and restraint chutes :
Steel – rebar, gate supports, training walls:
Electrical – lights, wires, outlets:
Yards 1-3 steel pipe fencing (10 acres total) :
Power to barn :
This is the initial habitat for male Asian elephants and will be Tamy´s home. Completion will provide sanctuary for up to 3 male Asian elephants.
Your contribution is more than a donation, it is as if together, we provide elephants with the opportunity to heal and learn to live again.
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