2014 Summer Appeal

Sustaining Sanctuary...............for the future of the Girls

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Each day is a new beginning.....and the Girls need your help!

Herd, home, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life:  this is what The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee can provide – with your help – for elephants that have spent their lives on display or performing. In the nurturing environment of The Sanctuary, many neglected elephants have found a new beginning and experienced healing.

Nothing illustrates this better than Misty’s courageous adventure this summer! Thanks to enrichment activities used by Caregivers to help the elephants understand that they will always have the freedom to go out into The Sanctuary and explore, Misty was spotted deep in the habitat, farther than she’d ever ventured. There was something different about her that morning. She was eager and full of determination, as on a mission. She broke the invisible bonds that had kept her near the barn, and despite her arthritis, she walked nearly a mile and took her first dip ever in the lake, swimming happily! The next morning, she was still by the lake, napping peacefully in the grass, and not too far away stood Shirley and Tarra. It was an unforgettable, rewarding sight, delighting all of her Caregivers and the supporters who watched via the Elecams. Facebook fans who had expressed concern for Misty after the loss of her friend and companion, Dulary, shared the exciting news.

Will you please help us make sure opportunities like this are a part of the daily lives of all of the Girls?  When you give to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, you are helping to provide a haven for some of the world’s most precious and endangered creatures. Turn to the other side to read more about your contribution’s impact.

Food and Nutritional Care -  To get the nutrients they need to stay healthy, elephants spend about 16 hours per day eating: browsing twigs, leaves, branches and hay, or enjoying their favorite fruits and vegetables. Because our herd is aging, they also receive dietary supplements that are specially formulated to meet their needs.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: A $40 donation will feed an elephant for one day. 

Facilities - There’s always an ongoing laundry list of facilities needs: barns (roofs, doors, and corrals), vehicles and a network of roads/trails, elephant-proof fencing, natural-habitat care/restoration (streams, forest, and pasture), tree-trimming, mowing, and more. Taking care of our facilities ensures the safety and well-being of elephants and their caregivers.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: A $100 gift buys 2 gallons of disinfectant for the barn; a $500 gift will buy a set of tires for an ATV 4-wheeler.

Husbandry & Veterinary Care - Elephants who have spent their lives in captivity often develop health issues such as osteomyelitis, arthritis and captivity-associated stress.  For Billie, Frieda, Debbie and Ronnie, there are additional health concerns resulting from their earlier life in entertainment, including exposure to Tuberculosis. Trained Husbandry and Veterinary Staff meet the Girls’ individual needs through preventative and therapeutic care along with specialized treatment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: A $250 gift will help cover the cost of TB medication for one day.

Herd, home, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life: this is what The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee promises for Misty, Frieda, Debbie, Ronnie, and all the elephants in our care and those waiting to come. With your support, we will sustain the Girls’ ability to “just be an elephant,” and roam these beautiful lands in perpetuity. 

Sanctuary much for your support!


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