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Freedom Refuge for Retired Elephants

By Susan Rosenberg, Director of International Animal Programs

In the past, wild elephants were captured to use in circuses and zoos. Right now there are still over 400 retired elephants living in cramped quarters with very little care since most circuses have ended the practice of performing elephants in their shows.

Also, the elephants are living alone and not able to engage in normal elephant behavior.

As more circuses end-performing animal acts, zoos are becoming overcrowded and must keep elephants chained. The elephants are not thriving in this situation.

The answer is more refuge facilities ready to take and care for these retired elephants properly. A true elephant refuge will provide roaming space and the company of other elephants in a safe, caring environment.

Retired Elephants Need a Friend

When Elephant Aid International (EAI) President & CEO, Carol Buckley, co-founded The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in 1995, she created a new model that came to define the gold standard for elephant care in captivity. Now, under Buckley’s stewardship, EAI’s Elephant Refuge North America will build on the experience gained at both accredited US sanctuaries over the past two decades, as well as what EAI has learned from their numerous projects in Asia.

EAI has secured an 850-acre parcel of land to create a pristine refuge for retired and rescued circus and zoo elephants.

EAI owns the land, but shelter construction and operations cannot begin until two fences are constructed with a perimeter fence and a security fence to keep intruders out, and the elephant’s safe.

I’m sure you will agree that these grand animals deserve a relaxing, happy retirement. They have more than earned a safe place to call home, with friends, lots of sunshine and a cool pond for bathing.

Lovely Pond for the Retired Elephants on the Refuge Land

We need your help to make this refuge a reality. Please consider donating and sharing the elephants’ story to raise funds for this necessary fencing. It’s the only way the elephants can begin to move in and enjoy life. Just $24 pays for one yard of complete fencing.
Click here to learn more.

First Fence Complete for Retired Elephants


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by susanrosenberg, March 6, 2018