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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: As an organization with niche expertise in elephant rescue and sanctuary development, GSE is uniquely positioned to increase awareness and amplify support for the rescue of these magnificent and beloved animals. Following careful analysis, Brazil was chosen as the location for our sanctuary pilot project to ensure that the growing number of elephants displaced by ongoing bans on performing animals across South America would be guaranteed compassionate care in an appropriate habitat. In October of 2016, we welcomed our first two residents: Maia and Guida. They were two female Asian elephants that had spent their lifetime traveling with circus. Their past was traumatic and their relationship with one another was aggressive. Everything changed the minute they took their first steps into the sanctuary. Given space, understanding and the ability to express themselves in a healthy way, they spent the next years side-by-side every day. Both elephants grew immensely. Guida found her self-confidence and Maia learned that her actions have consequences and how to be a good friend. Physically their bodies began to recover from severe weight loss, joint and foot issues, and bouts of colic. Emotionally the transition was much deeper. Our third rescue, Rana, joined Maia and Guida in December 2018. Rana blossomed immediately, has embraced all that sanctuary has to offer while learning what it means to put other's needs and desires before her own. She's a big elephant, at the zoo she was aggressive, and we weren't sure how she would be once she arrived at the sanctuary. What we found is that even though she is in her 60s, she approaches life with an innocence not commonly seen in older captive elephants. It is incredibly endearing and something that seems to be a gift for the other elephants. In the last months of 2019, two more precious elephants, Ramba and Lady, arrived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil. Ramba, known as the last circus elephant of Chile, was the impetus for us getting involved with building a sanctuary in South America. And she was also the reason we kept going when things would get bleak and progress was nowhere to be found. Without her, we're not sure any of this would exist. Against all medical opinions, she lived for seven years with kidney disease at the zoo, ensuring the sanctuary was completed and finding her way to her joy. Sadly, Ramba serves as a reminder of why every day at sanctuary should be cherished. After just ten weeks, she passed away. Although the loss was hard, she had ten weeks of bliss, exploration, and getting to know the depth of caring and compassion of an elephant friend, her best friend Rana. Not only was her life changed, but she changed the lives of elephants all over South America. Lady, a solitary zoo elephant from Brazil was our 5th rescue, arriving at the end of November 2019. Lady is an elephant who we had been greatly concerned about for years. The condition of her feet is among the worst that we have seen, and the zoo could not provide even a fraction of the care that she requires. Along with Lady's insecurities, she has significant joys. She loves her habitat, the ability to wander, and every little bush and tree she encounters. Her fears dissipate when she walks into bigger spaces. She seems unburdened. Lady is complicated, and her emotional scars run deep, but she is also silly, beautiful, adventurous, and trying. Her healing may be slow, but that is what sanctuary is about. Offering the time and support elephants need to find their way through decades of struggle, at the pace they need to truly heal. Every elephant is different, but one thing is constant, they all blossom beautifully as they rediscover what it means to be an elephant and are allowed the time and space to figure out who they are. This level of healing is something we want for captive elephants across South America.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Elephants and i have great respect for those Friends who do such wonderful things to free them and give them kindness they so deserve after such hard years in cruel captivity.
Please help the 9 the Elephants

1 Carey O.

Donor

Rating: 5

Global sanctuary For Elephants (Brazil) is opening it's gates to the many ex-circus and zoo elephants who need a forever home following closures of elephant exhibits in a changing continent wide understanding that acknowledges that zoos and circuses are not the place for this most intelligent sensitive empathetic animal. GSE has a first class social media conversation with supporters, they are in daily contact with us sharing the rescued elephants evolving lives, their discoveries as the various personalities of these elephants shows are expressed. Its a very special place and the natural habitat beautiful and stimulating and climatically perfect place for elephants with the care of a great team of true experts in all their various skills coming together to bring these elephants who are damaged by some 40-50+ years gruelling lonely captivity a new life full of autonomy, peace and the friendship + company of their own species, and poss for the 1st time appropriate medical care and diet. I learn so much from Global Sanctuary For Elephants and think its Supporters are great!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed this organization for awhile. Not only are they doing wonderful, important work/rescue in the world, they do a suburb job of communication. They post videos, pictures, and detailed explanations of what they do and why. They update all the time and their posts are so interesting. They are a steller and superior non-profit. So grateful for them!!!!!!!

1 Patricia B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve always loved Elephants and checked in to various sites around the world that take care of abused Elephants.
Then one day I happened upon “Lady’s Journey,” I was immediately captivated watching her being transported to GSE in Brazil, by the love shown to her by Scott and Kat, the interaction with followers who are treated like family.
But most of all, watching how these beautiful girls blossom and grow in confidence and trust, how their emotional healing is as important as their physical healing and how Scott and Kat allow them to be free to do just as they like, when they like, in other words, allowing them to be elephants free at last from years of abuse.
This sanctuary has changed my life as well as the life of our beautiful girls.

1 valerie42

Donor

Rating: 5

I've followed the Global Sanctuary for Elephants for several years and have been deeply impressed by their work. Their tireless care and nurturance of elephants who have spent many decades in neglectful and often abusive situations offers these animals a life of sanctuary, a chance to know that humans truly can respect and care for them. GSE's devotion to providing the highest quality of care possible, combined with the most thoughtful handling of the elephants and their personalities, is exemplary. I wish every elephant in captivity had the chance to live such a healthy and stress-free life

1 Lynn Nicholson K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Founders Scott and Kat Blais saw a desperate need in South America. There were no sanctuaries for elephants on the continent with many elephants in need: Elephants that are living in horrible conditions in small enclosures, sometimes in chains, many times with terrible foot conditions due to captivity. They selflessly uprooted their entire lives and moved from the US to Brazil to care for these magnificent animals.
There are many worthy animal nonprofits but this is the first that grabbed my heart and won't let go. Scott and Kat (along with their amazing team) work tirelessly with love, transparency and humor.
I urge you to look closely at this beautiful organization and support them spiritually, emotionally and financially, if able.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have made small donations to other genuine ele sanctuaries but GSE is the only one that I am fully committed to and give whenever there’s a campaign on. The reason for this is that I feel informed every step of the way via Kat’s almost daily dIgest. Through her I can follow my $ contributions from the very beginning of a new rescue led by Scott, to arrivals at the Sanctuary and all around the fields and forests with revues of how the elephants are settling in. We even find out what mood the girls are in and what mischievous pranks they are playing on their humans. It lifts me up every day so that is why they get my donations. Maybe others would prefer a web cam to watch what’s going on 24/7. That would be a bonus, but given a choice, I go with the oh so human behaviour of social connection through storytelling, and GSE is the only sanctuary that offers this on an almost daily basis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to be a PROUD supporter of Global Sanctuary for Elephants. From the beginning and continue to support both Kat and Scott. I am honoured to say Scott and Kat are two amazing humans who have worked with and for elephants for years. I have watched both of them continue to rescue elephants and bring them “home” to Sanctuary – At Sanctuary all are on elephant time! Kat & Scott continue to loving and caring humans who have dedicate their lives to serving elephants and both ARE my heroes in todays world. PICTURE is from Global Sanctuary for Elephants Maia, Rana and Mara

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Watching the transformations of these majestic elephants made me a true believer in the power of rescue. Their eyes soften and they smile!!! The way the people there talk to them is amazing. I’m proud to support anything they do.

3 Deb D.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this wonderful non-profit organization for their incredible work and tireless care of elephants. I follow their posts and love the stories of how each elephant becomes relaxed and thrives in their new environment. Their healing is amazing and so well deserved. They truly care and love each and every elephant that is saved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication of GSE for the Asian elephants there is totally commendable. Scott and Kat are great at keeping us informed of how the elephants are doing and we feel a part of everything, from the rescues to how they are daily. I feel part of the family even though I live thousands of miles away. We can learn so much from the information they give, the whats and why any treatment they give the elephants and how they react to the given treatment are things many of us wouldn't be aware of. Now to think they will be rescuing African elephants is just so amazing, as they have different needs to the Asian ones. We will be learning so much more once they arrive. The elephants live as elephants, to roam free without human interference, never made to do anything they don't want to do. I can't praise their work enough

Donor

Rating: 5

The daily updates on the elephants are informative and fun. We are let in on all the secrets of life and sometimes death in this beautiful sanctuary. They take their time with the beautiful ladies and somehow manage to keep the close knit community informed too!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great organization! Exemplary care of the animals and they are great at staying in touch to let their fans how the herd and individuals in the herd are thriving. Bravo to a well run organization ❤️

4 Lori M.6

Donor

Rating: 5

GSE is such a wonderful, uplifting group! I look forward every day to learning more about the beautiful souls they rescue and how the rescues happen. I follow these elephants as if they are part of my own family of animals. Scott and his team have made me more aware of their plight and conservation, in general. We see how the donations are spent and why. I love all of these beings! And I love helping by donating and sharing their stories online. Lori Mayes

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kat & Scott Blais, founders of Global Sanctuary for Elephants Brazil (GSE), have created utopia for captive, neglected elephants. They let elephants be elephants, do elephant things and be themselves. Sanctuary is an elephant haven...the elephants are free to do as they wish. They can go on walk-abouts for days (Elephants Lady and Maia enjoy being on their own figuring out who they are) and find food and water in designated spots left by GSE crew. They can enjoy mud wallows, swimming in ponds, dirt dusting piles and acres of lush beauty. Elephants camouflaged by bushes, trees and greenery. They can enjoy other elephants (as Rana and Mara became instant best friends) or be on their own until they figure out their new freedom and what elephants do. They are fed, given treats, taken care of medically, physically and mentally. It only takes days (sometimes less) for the elephants to acclimate to Sanctuary life. Their faces become softer, eyes become bigger and brighter and then there's the smile, trumpeting, rumbles and squeaks. Sanctuary brings glowing, healthy skin along with needed foot spa treatments (as most captive elephants have bad feet from being on cement and have no care). I've followed GSE for years with awe of Kat and Scott's love and dedication to the elephants (Heroes to the elephants and me). They excitedly pull us in with videos, photos and, best of all, stories of each elephant. Funny, silly, educational, serious, sad stories of their lives with the elephants (and other animals at Sanctuary) and they tell it in such a way you feel like you're right there beside them. When I first read a post, I'll quickly read through it, watch the video or look at the photos and then re-read two or three more times to get every word and information. From GSE, I've learned incredible elephant information . Someday, before I leave this world, I would LOVE to just be in the presence of this blissful utopia called Global Sanctuary for Elephants Brazil. I don't need to touch an elephant; I don't even need to be near one. Just knowing the eles are there and happy would bring such joy. I'm sure I would have rivers of tears stream my face. And of course, I would work my butt off.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Global Sanctuary For Elephants in Brazil serves as an inspiration for the entire world by demonstrating the epitome of kindness & patience, in addition to providing an educational service to all generations as to the plight of captive elephants. Their in depth knowledge of elephants combined with the diligence they put forth in regards to their health needs results in a remarkable healing process time after time. Watching what Scott & Kat accomplish through their dedication to these creatures; seeing the elephants' trauma slowing replaced with trust & awe as they learn to simply live their senior years the way nature intended; observing their wonderment unfold alittle each day in peaceful sanctuary is a miraculous journey indeed! I, along with others who watch their website, continue to encourage people to become involved with this worthy cause so that one day all elephants will be free from captivity. GSE provides a crucial service in accomplishing this goal due to their expertise & knowledge, the ability to articulate their successful endeavors, all the while continuing to disseminate the progress within the sanctuary on a daily basis. Scott, Kat & their hard working staff serve as outstanding caregivers to these magnificent creatures, as well as noteworthy ambassadors by articulating so beautifully the emotions of the elephants through their website, which actually makes one feel as if they are there within the lush forest. It is a rare gift indeed to be able to sense the feelings of an elephant, as well as so eloquently relay their stories to us humans; but they manage to do so everyday, sharing a little piece of magic & joy along the way, making the world a better place for all mankind.

3 Marianne M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

GSE does a wonderful job of caring for these elderly elephants. I look forward to the Asian herd growing, and the start up of their African herd with Kuki and Pupi from the "old" Buenos Aires zoo. I started following GSE when Ramba made her arduous journey to the sanctuary, and then watched as Lady and Mara made their magnificent journeys to Mato Grosso. GSE has been a bright spot with their daily updates on their "girls". I love watching them all doing whatever they want to do: Maia, Rana, Lady, and Mara.

3 Mary S.16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GSE is to be highly commended for their incredible efforts in rescuing and giving sanctuary to captive elephants. The updates on social media are informative, educational and entertaining. We are able to learn about the complexities of caring for these magnificent pachyderms and get to know their unique personalities. Kudos to Scott, Kat and the team at GSE for your heartwarming care and expertise. Best wishes for the future as you expand and provide solace for many more elephants.

3 Niina A.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization really cares about its donors and residents. They share everything they do with their donors. They have several ways to donate and have wonderful campaigns to help us build this sanctuary for captive elephants in South America. They really love their residents and share very informative content about them every day.

3 Marie P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My favorite nonprofit by far. The work they do to bring elephants to sanctuary is truly amazing. They bring their supporters along every step of the way and keep us informed. I feel as a supporter I am a part of GSE too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GSE do some amazing and much needed work for the poor elephants of the world that have been abused and neglected by humans. If it wasn’t for places like this, I dread to think about what would happen. Their skill and expertise is second to none.

3 Patti K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love their mission. They are rescuing elephants that have been abused their whole lives and giving them a sanctuary where they are able to live their lives as they were meant, as elephants.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Look at the faces of the elephants! That in its self IS THE STORY! Thank you for giving them the life they have always deserved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can’t express how much I love this place. I’ve adopted the current 4 elephants there for a year. After their long abusive lonely lives, they’ve found their heaven on earth .The people who run this are saints. They give their ‘fans’ photos, movies and stories about the girls. They are treated to their best lives. I love them all.

3 Leslie C.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is amazing and takes very good care of these elephants. They go above and beyond for these amazing animals to make sure they have all they need and the freedom every elephant deserves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GSE is absolutely the most transparent of any charity I know. They work tirelessly to give captive elephants a haven on earth. I have learned so much from their work model, about acceptance, love, generosity, and life.
They have the highest ethics and work hard to give our elephants a life, a life to be an elephant, to make their own choices, and have no expectations forced upon them.

2 Joyce Rasic E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following Global Sanctuary for less than a year but know more than I ever thought possible about elephants. I followed the transfer of Lady and Mara from their zoo homes to sanctuary and watched them adapt to the other elephants and environment. Almost daily updates about what the elephants are doing and fun facts about the sanctuary make being under quarantine less stressful. I look forward to hearing the African elephant section to be finished so the three African elephants waiting for transfer can come.

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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.

1 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.

2 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

5 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.

1 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.

6 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.

8 Thyra R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became aware of the Global Sanctuary for Elephants, several years ago, when they were first getting up and running. I work with a great many organizations, and while some are better than others, I am delighted to say that GSE is the absolute gold standard!
They are rated very highly on charity watchdog sites, in terms of their financial transparency and their organizational structure. But what makes them truly a joy to work with is their 100% dedication to providing safe, humane, lifetime care to the suffering elephants of the world.
They have the space, the know- how and the right mindset to make a real impact on elephants and their care.
I have also worked directly with them on a variety of fund raising endeavors! Unlike some of the "mega organizations" Global Sanctuary is very hands on, personal, up front and appreciative. They are personally vested in their supporters AND their elephants! I am very proud and happy to support Global Sanctuary for Elephants!

7 Debra58

Donor

Rating: 5

Scott and Kat Blais have made it their life's work to help captive elephants. Those familiar with The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will remember Scott as one of the co-founders of that fine sanctuary for retired elephants and Kat also worked at TES as a caregiver for the Girls there. Learning that South America was making progress to free all captives in zoos and circuses they decided that Brazil would be a perfect fit to establish a new sanctuary for those elephants in that vicinity and beyond. In a few years' time they have welcomed their first two Asian female elephants, Maia and Guida, and delight all who follow their site with deeply personal glimpses into what sanctuary is about and how this philosophy of kindness and intensely focused care demonstrates the result in the behaviors of the elephants. Many times the elephants suffer from human cruelty and stresses that labels them dangerous and uncooperative. In a few short months the atmosphere at GSfE calms them, brings them together and delights all who witness this astonishing change for the better. I am honored to be part of their Support Family, and with other elephants (Africans and males included) waiting to move to this incredible place I look forward to watching as individuals become herds and families, what every elephant craves for overall health and happiness. I enthusiastically give this magic place 5 stars!

7 SusanBC

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched Kat and Scott work with elephants for many years. I have never seen two individuals so devoted and determined to provide the best possible care they can to any living being. Watching how they have built the Sanctuary in Brazil has been nothing short of amazing. The updates on the resident elephants, not to mention dogs, cats, chickens, a horse and other animals that need them are very inspirational. I cannot wait until more elephants are able to call Sanctuary home.

7 Shelley M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud of this incredible work and to be a donor. They have my trust and support. In a charity I look for accountability transparency ethics and purpose driven work. Global Sanctuary gets highest marks from me in all categories.

7 CarolynBorkowski

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my extraordinarily good luck to become aware of the work of Global Sanctuary for Elephants in 2015 at which point I became a supporter and donor. I was immediately struck with their very open, transparent approach on everything that is involved in rescuing captive elephants - their desire to share their expert knowledge and experience with all donors and supporters. They have truly created a village - touching supporters and donors individually; doors always open.

No matter what the endeavor is, it is rare to come across two people (co-founders Scott & Kat Blais) with such a depth of character, integrity, determination and passion. Their can-do/must-do spirit and commitment to do whatever it takes to help elephants in need is as deep of an inspiration as I have been blessed to witness in this lifetime. It has been my good fortune to work with them as a full-time off-site volunteer since 2016; a blessing that I am deeply grateful for each and every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have closely followed the dedication, professionalism and serious work that the Global Sanctuary for Elephants have shown for so many years and the amazing impact it has had on the lives of elephants, other animals and the community. So much knowledge and experience have been shared and learned within the team!

7 Cassia M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Following Kat and Scott's work for years now. What they have accomplished so far in Brazil is already amazing, and there is still so much to be done for elephants in South America. If anyone can do it, it is them! Their work ethic and transparency shine just as bright as their love and passion for the cause, and that's an incredible combination for a nonprofit!