The Sanctuary has its own headquarters in Chapada dos Guimarães with the capacity to receive up to 50 animals

Still little known by Brazilians, the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil is located in Chapada dos Guimarães, in Mato Grosso, just 65km from Cuiabá. The project is maintained by the Global Sanctuary for Elephants (GSF) and ElephantVoices, international organizations coordinated by experts in the rescue and care of elephants in risky situations, which operate in different parts of the world.

At the Brazilian unit, the non-profit organization also works with the commitment to offer a true sanctuary for the conservation of these species, the only one in all of South America. The project that arrived Brazil a little over a year ago, it also proposes an innovative space, using the country as the first unit on the continent with its own sanctuary. “The Brazil Elephant Sanctuary will provide a large, nutritious environment where elephants will be able to socialize with others of their own species, migrating and grazing across hundreds of hectares, swimming and cooling off in ponds…” says the organization.

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In the Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, an area equivalent to 1,540 soccer fields is dedicated exclusively to the conversation of these species in Mato Grosso's soil, and can receive up to 50 elephants for recovery. The terrain full of hills and springs is the ideal environment for the healthy recovery of these animals victims of abuse.

The first guests at the sanctuary were the elephants Maia and Guida, who had been living in captivity for more than 40 years. The transport was made thanks to the contribution of netizens who raise the amount in an online campaign, to pay for the trip of the females. The two were chained in a rural house owned by a circus lawyer in Minas Gerais. After being transported to their new home, the animals began the whole process of readaptation and knowledge of the sanctuary. Still in 2017, the organization awaits the arrival of Ramba, who is in Chile, another female who lived in captivity and will now receive a new address.

Scott Blais, an American specialist in elephants, came from Tennessee with his wife, veterinarian Keith, to work on the project. During the adaptation of the first females, Scott was quite optimistic. “You could see that one interacted with the other. They rested peacefully and also ate normally”, he reported in an interview with Folha de SP.

In its expansion programs, the sanctuary also plans the implementation of the Centro Cultural do Santuário de Elefantes Brasil, in the municipality of Chapada dos Guimaraes, MT, where the institution is located. The space will be dedicated to permanent and traveling exhibitions, information about the native fauna and flora, screens transmitting real-time images of the sanctuary showing the daily lives of elephants, as well as a lot of content about the species and the importance of preserving them.

Photos: Publicity / Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Photos: Publicity / Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Photos: Publicity / Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Photos: Publicity / Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Photos: Publicity / Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

Photos: Publicity / Elephant Sanctuary Brazil

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