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Global Sanctuary For Elephants

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: PROTECTING, RESCUING AND PROVIDING SANCTUARY FOR ELEPHANTS WORLDWIDE

Results: Global Sanctuary for Elephants exists to create vast safe spaces for captive elephants, where they are able to heal physically and emotionally. There are elephants around the world in need of sanctuary, but too few exist to be able to care for even a fraction of them. Global support is necessary to build sanctuaries for elephants in need of rescue and rehabilitation. Our pilot project is Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, the first and only elephant sanctuary in all of Latin America.

Programs: Our founding directors are located in brazil, focused on the development of santuario de elefantes brasil. Their presence, developing key relationships, overseeing development,coordinating volunteers, managing daily operations and advancing the reputation of santuario de elefantes brasil, has established a solid foundation for the long term, mission driven success of the sanctuary. Presently, with the first two resident elephants now settled and well on their way to recovery, the directors attention has turned to the next stages of development, with the goal of opening two additional elephant care centers in preparation to receive 11 elephants presently waiting. This rate of growth is unprecedented yet attainable thanks in greatpart to the team that has been established and growing internationally.

our collaboration with with chilean non-profit organization, ecopolis disiplinas integradas, continues as we oversee the daily care of ramba the elephant and provide pivotal funding to help maintain consistent and qualified elephant care staff. Following 5 years of ramba living in temporary housing, the authorities in chile and in brazil are working with global sanctuary for elephants and santuario de elefantes brasil to finalize the process for ramba to be relocated to santuario de elefantes brasil.

the unique experience and perspective of our cofounders is being utilized to promote and increase the awareness and understanding of the trauma caused by captivity, the process of recovery and the importance of protecting wild populations. Education programs are being established in brazil, guest lectures are being conducted in the us and daily entries through social media, are helping to engage the interest of the public and their desire to learn the true impact of our actions and what can be done to make a positive impact. Public engagement, education, expert testimony and sharing our vast knowledge is essential elements, pivotal to reshaping the future for captive elephants.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Sanctuary for Elephants is such a wonderful, and much needed, sanctuary to help heal and care for these beautiful creatures.

Jane W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I first came across Global Sanctuary for Elephants at the time I was first becoming aware of the abuse of elephants in the tourist industry and feeling that somehow I wanted to help. GSE at that time were still building the sanctuary, then all of a sudden there were two elephants that needed rescuing almost immediately and here was something I could do, help this happen! Over time, they’ve become my favourite organisation in this field because of the way they carry us all along with them, sharing, explaining, teaching us about the inadequacies of captivity (numerous) and the healing powers of sanctuary (infinite). Kat and Scott Blais, the founders, are remarkable people and have amassed a huge following, all of us equally determined to help undo some of the wrongs meted out to elephants - one of the most intelligent, sentient non human species on the planet - and give them back their birthright; autonomy, the company of their own kind and the environment to be what they were always meant to be. There is much to be done for the world’s elephants if they are to survive in the hostile world humans have created, but Global Sanctuary for Elephants is leading the way and has given us all hope.

1 Carole G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GSE is the best place for beautiful eles to heal and trust! Love GSE!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place - saving lives. Saving elephant Iives.
Educating the world on how to love - we all need to follow this example for all living things.
Seeing photos of the rescued elephants really enforces the impact of how much more work needs to be done to save all the elephants that are being abused, abandoned and alone.

3 Louise P.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Scott and Kat Blais are simply remarkable human beings. They move mountains and achieve the impossible. They are the benchmark that all facilities to home captive wildlife should aim for. They understand that there are so many more criteria to meet than the "basic needs" of an animal in captivity. They respect and acknowledge the right of elephants to live in social groups of their own choosing; to be autonomous in their decisions; and to roam as free as they can be. Kat and Scott, and all who work with them at Global Sanctuary for Elephants and Elephant Sanctuary Brazil , do all they can to give elephants back their birthright. Something our society needs to be doing on a much larger scale, to atone for so many injustices that have been dealt to elephants as a species, for centuries. They do all of this, yet manage to be incredibly inclusive with all supporters across the globe, constantly updating and involving each and every donor and interested party, whoever and wherever those individuals are.
It's time to let elephants go, time to help them heal, time to offer sanctuary.
" Saving one elephant can't change the world, but saving just one elephant changes their whole world".

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've known Scott and Kat and their work with elephants for nearly 10 years. I have been a donor, a volunteer and a coworker and I can assure you Global Sanctuary for Elephants is an amazing organization with a grand but attainable mission of providing a better life for elephants around the world. Scott and Kat manage the organization and care for the elephants with a passion and integrity rarely seen. Their life and work are one path, and this dedication has privded dozens of elephants the opprotunity to heal and experience life in sanctuary. Every dollar donated, and every donor, is treated with respect and gratitude and put is directly to work bringing an elephant in need somewhere in the world closer to sanctuary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. I love to support it.

3 M. Taylor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is a wonderful loving safe haven for elephants. A paradise for not only elephants, GSE also has a rehabilitation and release program to tapirs. Global Sanctuary for Elephants is a true sanctuary, a sanctuary for all. Kat and Scott bring a life time of experience, expertise, devotion and understanding to formally neglected and abused Elephants helping them heal from a life time of abuse and neglect.

3 4theloveofMohan

Donor

Rating: 5

What a paradise for elephants. I love the updates you get the way they visually take you on the rescues of the elephants journey to sanctuary, you feel like part of the team as you watch these elephants making their way to sanctuary via video and posts. Great place great charity well worth supporting

4 Nadia M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for one month last October (2018) at Global Sanctuary for Elephants. It was a truly amazing and humbling experience. The dedication and passion by the founders Kat and Scott Blais are just incredible. They are supported by a fantastic crew who are equally dedicated not only to the elephants but to all creatures great and small who call this sanctuary home. The sanctuary grounds are vast and so diverse in their topography boasting hills, valleys, lush grass pastures, small rivers, palm trees and many other indigenous plants and trees. This sanctuary is truly heaven on earth for all its inhabitants.

Diana M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following GSE for years. Have donated and helped anyway I can. The level of kindness, love, care and respect for the elephants and all others who are part of their sanctuary family is awe inspiring. In a world full of so much cruelty GSE is a breath of fresh air!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following Sharing and donating to Global Sanctuary for elephants for years now the love and care given to each elephant is just indescribably beautiful and So thankful for their life’s work

5 Colby S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An absolutely amazing place!! The work that Scott and Kat have done in creating such a beautiful healing elephant Sanctuary is beyond a blessing to these beautiful souls! I have watched the progress of Maia, Guida and Rana from day one and I can't think of a more magical healing place for any captive elephant.

5 Terri M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Global Sanctuary for Elephants for over two years, as a volunteer and donor, and highly recommend them for their mission, effectiveness, and transparency. Their first project -- Elephant Sanctuary Brazil -- provides lifelong sanctuary for retired zoo and circus elephants from throughout South America. Building from the ground up, with only a few paid staff and on a shoestring budget, they have been able to provide sanctuary for three elephants (with more to come), along with expertise, supportive care and advice to zoos and private parties caring for elephants in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. The Board and staff are consistently open and responsive to questions and I trust them implicitly to use my donations effectively and for the purpose intended.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Global Sanctuary for a Elephants the night I happened to come across the live feed of Maia and Guida’s arrival on the back of lorries. I sat transfixed until both beautiful girls were off loaded and in their holding pens. I’m in the UK so it was the early hours of the morning. The first thing I did when I woke up was to go back on to see how they were. It has been wonderful to watch these fabulous girls begin to relax and get to know each other properly and not be chained in the field they lived in for years. Maia could be demonstrative with Guida. Just look at them now, they love each other, are never far away from each other. Their characters have been emerging over the last 20 odd months. Maia’s a total goof ball, Guida is more laid back. I love them so much. I can’t wait till Ramba, Kenya and the other wonderful ele’s waiting for paperwork to go through to finally allow them to come to GSE, I long for their arrival.
Kat and Scott and all their team and Wal-ee are just wonderful kind hearted people. They take us through the ups and downs, the laughter and tears. I love the girls and I love these wonderful people too. Thank you all. ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global Sanctuary for Elephants came to my attention via Twitter. Amazing organization with a dedicated team. Proud to donate towards their goal of providing captive elephants sanctuary. No chains, no performances-just peace and the choice to be part of a herd.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed & watched Scott and Kat Blais for many years. Two humans dedicated to serving elephants and giving them the best home humanely possible. Ensuring elephants have the best care humans can provide. Both have my full support and trust. I have had the honor to “watch” them build from the ground up Global Sanctuary for Elephants. Creating Sanctuary Brazil and rescuing in a short timeframe two beautiful and sweet elephants, with more waiting to arrive. Kat and Scott provide us with daily updates (dependent on electricity) on all the residents at Sanctuary! Their videos of the residents are heartwarming and amazing. You feel as if you are right there. Besides elephants (with more to come) - chickens, horses, tapirs, dogs also make their home at GSfE – Sanctuary Brazil. Also important the elephants who are waiting and will soon call Sanctuary Brazil their Forever home. I can’t wait.

5 Ricki D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My passion to help elephants was sparked in 2013. I’d just returned from S. Africa where I’d fallen in love with that creature, but had learned the sad facts of the myriad of problems facing it. I furiously began knitting hats, creating elephant motif steppingstones, and crafts with monies raised going to elephant causes. My donations were modest. I felt my pennies were lost amongst the thousands or million of $$ the internationally recognized, celebrity- endorsing sanctuaries were receiving. Stars aligned that led me to Global Sanctuary for Elephants!! I have never turned back from supporting GSE. Scott & Kat, the founders, originally from Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, are THE most compassionate, determined, and amazing human beings. They are elephant whisperers who have the patience, knowledge, and training to bring captive elephants back to their true, inherent natures. At GSE, an elephant can be an elephant 100%. I cannot praise this organization enough!! I’ve volunteered in fundraising efforts through online auctions, The Big Payback, et al. The integrity, professionalism, and transparency at GSE is beyond reproach. I recommend GSE to anyone wanting to help captive elephants reach sanctuary. The newsletters and almost daily updates on social media are simply delightful as well.

7 Suz G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor-turned-volunteer! I have known the cofounders for many years- I worked with them at another elephant sanctuary, so I soon as I heard they were starting this one, I immediately donated and continued donating over the years. I eventually became a volunteer in various contexts, and recently travelled to Brazil to volunteer in person - it is an absolutely incredible place. The elephants are well cared for and well loved/supported, as well as the other various creatures that find themselves at sanctuary. I highly recommend donating time or money to this worthwhile organization - there are many elephants in South America and around the world that would benefit greatly from sanctuary, and I believe the dedicated folks behind this nonprofit are making a difference every day!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Global Sanctuary for Elephants in Brazil is unique in every way, their principles are strong & the amount of care & understanding taken for their elephants is simply the best. The effort and determination they show to rescue even more elephants in the near future tells me this is a perfect sanctuary but could certainly do with more funding to help them achieve this. Already they have two x circus elephants that have thrived in the two short years they have been there. Lets hope Scott & Kat’s dream comes true to enable them to give other captive elephants their forever home soon.