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Elephant Sanctuary
June 27, 2011

Fifteen years ago, Carol Buckley had a dream for her personally owned elephant. That dream was The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. She built this dream into a reality and became nationally known as one of the foremost authorities on the rehabilitation of sick and exploited zoo and circus elephants. She sacrificed her own personal comfort and wealth in order to build a place where elephants would be safe and put aside enough money to insure their well-being for years to come. One day, a hostile takeover from within the ranks, threw Carol out and The Elephant Sanctuary (TES) has been turned into a high dollar organization. High salaried CEOs have been hired, PR people, attorneys, and more "management staff" than Carol needed to run the entire sanctuary. My husband and I have not only stopped donating, since the very things that drew us to TES have all been removed and/or changed, and TES is NOT the sanctuary that it was first set up to be. We have also removed them from our Living Trust Endowment Fund. Until Carol Buckley is put back at the helm, we want nothing to do with this charity. They have never been truthful with the donors and have erased Carol from her own vision, dream and reality. They are taking credit for everything with the co-founder now claiming to be the founder. If you love elephants, do NOT donate to The Elephant Sanctuary. They are not disclosing all of the truth.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the untruths and half truths that they publish in their newsletters and online.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get rid of every single person associated with TES and put Carol Buckley back in charge to see if she can undo the damage that has been done since the hostile takeover. AND, to salvage what money they've left that was SUPPOSED to go to the elephants, not to high dollar salaries.

MY ROLE:
Donor & Donated to TES since Carol Buckley founded it.

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