Animal welfare and legislation is extremely progressive in Brazil, and elephants are next in line to benefit from this. There is an acknowledgement in Brazil that elephants need more, that their lives are lacking in many ways, that their treatment borders on horrific at times, and the people of Brazil are pushing for change. It is beyond encouraging to be surrounded by so many that are striving for the same goal.
We have signed the final paperwork on a gorgeously perfect 2800 acres, here in Chapada, that will become the home of captive elephants throughout South America. But, we need to continue to push forward, with your support, to make ESB a reality for elephants struggling throughout South America, and beyond. There is a lot to creating sanctuary, so there are always many things we are working on and some that our supporters can help with.
Now that the land deal for Elephant Sanctuary Brazil is signed and finalized, substantially more details can be worked out, including:
Due to the size of the property that elephants truly need, it could take years to construct all of the necessary fencing. But elephants in South America need our help now. We will expedite the construction of two 20-acre corrals, allowing us to open our doors for elephants in need while we continue to develop the rest of the property. Compared to the lives they’re coming from, 20 acres will seem like miles, but we know that this amount of space will only touch the surface of the elephants needs.
The first phase of development will also include the construction of an open-air shelter, a place protected from the elements where we can provide necessary medical care and physical examinations through protected contact management- an Elephant Care Center. Brazil has a very diverse climate but in this area, the resident elephants can stay outside all year without the need for expensive and constricting barns. Elephant Sanctuary Brazil has the potential to help many elephants in desperate need, to provide a healing home where they can live the rest of their lives, a future of peace, companionship and compassion.
There are many ways you can assist with our efforts: We know how extensive the world network of friends and colleagues reaches, if you have friends and family in Brazil that would be willing to help develop contacts or potential donors, please pass them our way. Any costs we can cut, through donations or volunteers, means more money that goes directly to getting South American elephants to sanctuary. Airline miles can be transferred to our account to cover our international travel to Brazil- this could save approximately $3000 from our budget. As we move forward, please keep an eye on our wishlist as we’ll have countless items that will be required: medical equipment, tools for construction, office equipment, bulk materials, veterinary supplements, etc. And of course, our ability to make a difference requires financial support – click here for general donations or here to donate directly to “Giving Ground to Elephants” and virtually purchase your own piece of sanctuary. Follow our progress on Facebook and through our website for frequent blog updates on the progression of the project.
We know these seem like big numbers, so to put the cost of creating sanctuary into perspective, we have included this graph that discusses some of the recent zoo exhibit updates, their size, the amount of elephants and the cost. We can offer a life to captive elephants in South America that is second to none at a fraction of the cost. We just need your support to make it happen.