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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: 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 places exist to be able to care for even a fraction of them. GSE is creating a framework that will oversee sanctuaries to be built in areas of need worldwide. We work to educate as many as possible about the suffering of elephants in captivity

Results: In 2016, Global Sanctuary for Elephants built their pilot project, Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, the first and only elephant sanctuary in Latin America, in response to the growing need for assistance to captive elephants in South America. Situated on 2,800 acres of diverse property in the municipality of Chapada dos Guimarães, it has offered homes to seven adult female Asian elephants, to date. The sanctuary continues to expand and there are plans to bring additional elephants, both male and female, Asian and African. Elephants who have been given access to the more natural environment and specialized medical care at our sanctuary can recover or see improvement in instances of severe weight loss, joint and foot issues, bouts of colic, and other forms of extreme physical, psychological, and emotional trauma, and many once-solitary animals have built healthy relationships with other elephants.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Currently, 5 rescued female Asian elephants and a varying number of local species monitored through a rehabilitation and release program. There are plans to add 2 additional female Asian elephants, one male Asian elephant, and three female African elephants in the coming year.

Geographic areas served: Elephant Sanctuary Brazil serves the entire continent of South America. Global Elephant Sanctuary’s mission is to expand the reach of our organization to other countries and continents.

Programs: Global Elephant Sanctuary seeks to assist elephants in need, across the world. Through Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, we are able to focus on providing a safe and healthy habitat for the growing number of elephants displaced by ongoing bans on performing animals across South America.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

When I discovered them just last year I could not believe how amazing this place was, how beautiful the elephants are, and how dedicated and committed the staff are. After reading and researching I am full of respect not only to Brazil but all South American countries. They are the leaders now in their wildlife welfare. I am so so excited with incoming further rescues of elephants stuck in various ZOOs. Not a minute to lose!!!

2 Deanna Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

My beloved Sanctuary. I have witnessed the ladies arrivals with bated breath and exhaled once I saw each one of them blossom and start to rediscover themselves . Though the trauma lingers and rears it’s head at times …they are given such autonomy, filled with gentle reassurance and oh so much love ! May it home many many more until a full herd is reached!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following GSE since before Maia and Guida even arrived there. I got totally hooked on them, especially after watching the arrival of Maia and Guida. It was so emotional and watching Kat and Scott work with the elephants and change their lives by giving them sanctuary is the most heartwarming and inspiring thing I have ever experienced. Reading their post everyday is what I look most forward to. The world really gets me down and frustrated and Kat, Scott, the beautiful elephants and the entire team that works with them is the one thing that gives me hope, makes me smile, and has made me cry when we have lost one of our beautiful girls. I donate to them what I can and always wish it could be more. My heart aches for all mistreated animals and the sanctuary is a ray of hope at least for elephants. I hope they can continue making a difference for many, many years to come. The world needs more people like Kat and Scott!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this nonprofit organization for elephants. I feel like I know the elephants intimately because Kat and Scott do such a good job of deeply explaning of the elephants personalities and their behaviors. They explain and teach all sorts of other wonderful things about the elephants like their Healthcare, diet and the elephants intimate relationship with eachother. I love this sanctuary so much. So happy these wonderful creatures can retire in peace, harmony and compassion. Keep up the good work GSE!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

GSE is the most amazing place! Although I do not know any of them personally, Scott and Kat include us in every aspect of the sanctuary, from new rescues, daily updates on the health of the elephants their behaviour and general mischief. We really do feel like a family and I'm happy to donate to this wonderful elephant sanctuary.

5 Zelmira J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've being following GSE since Mara. I could not be more happy about her new life, and the Spa-Paradise that GSE provides to her and to all of the residents. I strongly believe that GSE is the best Sanctuary worlwide, because of the deep respect for the residents, the experience and expertise of the whole staff, the empathy, the care and vet care, the freedom ir gives, the facilities, the place, the weather ... everything is perfect.
I'm thrilled knowing that the 6 wonderful argentinian elephants are going to be at GSE as soon as possible. We can't wait until they are at GSE.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Good Day...
I' Love To Nominate Our
GUARDIAN ANGELS
KAT ❤ SCOTT BLAIS In

Elephant Sanctuary Brasil These 2 Angels, Are
Beloved And Admire


In A Very Short Time They Have Over Than

168.000 Followers

That Says ENOUGH

Elephants At Kat And Scott,
In ❤ ESB ❤
Live Their Lifes Like An Happy And Healty Elephants Shoud Be!

With So Much ❤❤ Care, Passion Dedication More ❤❤ And Devotion That's
All That Matters!

❤ Maia

Guida

❤ Rana

Ramba

❤ Lady

❤Mara And

❤ Bambi

Our Beautiful Traumatized Sweet Girls... Are From The First Second In The Heartwarming ❤❤ From
KAT SCOTT Blais,
And Their DREAM Team.

Kat And Scott Blais Are Very Busy Preparing The Rescues Of Pocha
Guillermina
Tamy Kenya
Kuky And Puky

In Ecopark In Argentina Scott Will With His DREAM Team, Be The First To Do The Twin-Rescue Of
Mamma Pocha And Daughter Guillermina They Already In Guarantine!

Pls.Like And Subscribe On Fb, YouTube And Instagram

We Can Follow The Rescues On Life Streams!

Kat ❤ Scott DESERVES

THIS %.

Kind Regards

Esther Joan Schut

In The Netherlands

3

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s such a pleasure to support an organization like GSE.. I am very proud to feel myself part of their mission to provide a wonderful life to these magnificent animals ❤️

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a very lover of Elephants any which way you can love and help them. When I came across GSE/Brazil I not only fell in love with the Elephants ( adopted Bambi) but I love each and every caretaker /human that is within the walls of the sanctuary. Scott and Kat are the epidemy of what you want concerning care, love , sanctuary, thriving, speaking for and I could go on as far as who is in charge of these blessed elephants in Brazil. I as a adopter of Bambi and giver of as many funds I can give for all and incoming Ellie's know, without a shadow of a doubt, 100 % of my money goes to them, the sanctuary, food whatever. The video's and updates make me feel I am walking with them as they update me. I get a special update on Bambi. The realtime zooms of exciting placements and care of them. I am so grateful to be a living part of this sanctuary and all that comes with it - I will be a lifer as far as helping anyway I can. I love them all and everything they are about. I will be posting my Birthday fundraiser soon for Global Brazil to donate for whatever they need it for and can't wait to see how many of my friends donate because they know how serious I am about this sanctuary.

Thank you for letting me share my heartfelt loyalty to this sanctuary.
Beth Evans

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Estoy tan agradecida a GSE de Brasil,ellos lucharon por el traslado de la abuela Ramba de Chile. Gracias al Santuario,nuestra bella Ramba tuvo su tiempo de libertad,amor,cuidados,la amistad de Rana y vida en un hábitat apropiado y libre.
Scott,Kat y todos quienes dedican su vida a estas nobles criaturas en el Santuario son un ejemplo de vocación,esfuerzo y persistencia. Siempre nos mantienen informados,les ánimo a que sigan haciendo este bien a la tierra y los elefantes.
Que Dios los cuide,les provea,los anime,les de fuerzas y fe.
Que reciban su contención en momentos difíciles tanto en el santuario como en sus vidas personales.
Gracias,gracias,gracias GSE Brasil y Tenesee

4 Barbara Brown M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Santuary for Elephants Brazil is such a wonderful and caring organization. They are so good to the elephants and let the elephants make their own decisions on what they want to do. They also get wonderful food. Would love to see them in person. Everyone that works there are great, especially Scott

3

Donor

Rating: 5

What can I say about this incredible organisation to do it justice?

Many others have written so eloquently about it.

I have been involved in a UK based group Action for Elephants for years and follow many sanctuaries and elephant charities around the world. I've volunteered in several.

Scott and Kat's total devotion to these incredible elephants who have led such hard and painful lives is awe inspiring. Their knowledge and care is second to none.
They notice every little nuance of elephant behaviour, and allow each individual space and time to heal. They train others to the highest standard of care.
To follow each rescue as it unfolds is absolutely amazing and they involve their global family of supporters unique insights which has led to greater understanding and education.
This is then spread out across the world by us sharing those insights with our friends and families.

We feel all of the joy and all of the pain.

This sanctuary in Brazil is so needed to offer these damaged elephants healing and care and is a gold standard for sanctuaries everywhere. The respect and love afforded to all the creatures at GSE is mind blowing.

Thank you Global Sanctuary for Elephants.

Thank you to the very best of human beings Scott and Kat.



1 Traci T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed and supported GSE for years. I love elephants and everything this sanctuary stands for. There is absolutely nothing like seeing an elephant take their first steps at the sanctuary! The change is instantly noticeable and just gets greater and more heart warming (and tear inducing) as the days go by.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I had been hearing and reading about GSE for many years, and was always impressed with the amazing work they do with abused elephants. I was able to donate when Maia was being readied to move to her heaven on earth.
These people give life to hurting, damaged, lonely elephants, helping them physically, mentally and most importantly emotionally. Watching the video updates of Maia's progress, as well as the other elephants who are lucky enough to have been taken in by GSE is heartwarming, and restores some of my faith in humanity. Thank you, GSE, for the amazing work you do. You are incredible.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best sanctuary I have been following for some years now. I love elephants and I cannot thank GSE enough for what they do, not only for elephants but for other animals as well.
Keep the great work GSE team. Scott and Kat (without forgetting their team) are wonderful angels on Earth. Bless their hearts and I can’t wait for them to bring other elephants at the sanctuary.

2 Nancy B.16

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing sanctuary. Not just for elephants but all sorts of creatures. And they care about the land. I love Scott and Kate and all they stand for.

4 Elis O.

Donor

Rating: 5

Assistir a recuperação física e emocional dos elefantes que chegam ao GSE, é uma das coisas mais impressionantes e maravilhosas que vi na vida.

4 Nicola F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve never met, but I have known Kat and Scott since they started GSE. What they and their team have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary! GSE is a godsend for these beautiful animals. As a supporter and occasional donor I am always amazed at how well informed they keep their followers, how they truly love and care for the elephants and all the other critters who call the sanctuary home. I hope some multi millionaire comes along and funds their work into the next century!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work GSE does with formerly captive elephants. They carefully and thoughtfully observe each individual elephant and allow them to recover at their own pace. Scott & Kat are elephant experts who thoroughly understand captivity-related trauma to highly intelligent and social creatures by providing a healing space for the restoration of their bodies, minds, and psyches. Once this pandemic is managed, I look forward to watching other elephants step into freedom.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the GSE family since Maia & Guida's arrival at sanctuary. The folks at GSE are giving these elephants much more than just a home-they are given choices, understanding, and the ability to just be. I cannot imagine GSE not existing-they continue to amaze me with the work that they do.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to become a small part of this truly wonderful enterprise which is providing Sanctuary for elephants who have been abused and restrained all their lives. Led by Scott & Kat- both renowned & world experts on elephants, their habitats and so much more, GSE provides an almost heavenly place for these beautiful girls ( at the moment!) to recover, play Muddy Puddles & Itvhy Scatchy Tree for the first time in their lives. Each elephant is treated with total and utter respect, love and allowed to recover at their own pace. They are allowed a freedom previously never known by these gorgeous girls, whilst being given daily treatments for whatever ailments they continue to carry with them, from their awful past lives. I am truly humbled to be part of this amazing group of extraordinary humans whose only wish is to allow those in their care- & the rescues to come- to live their very best lives. It is an holistic and spiritual entity which is way beyond many peoples imaginings. I came to look and stayed to wonder at the miracles that take place here. My only regret is that I can’t join in the Night Parties with their loud trumpeting, squeaks and rumbles as some play all night. When God made Scott & Kat, they were destined to find each other and spread the magnificence of their unending, adoring love for Eles.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support and thank Global Sanctuary for elephants for giving elephants the only chance to regain the life and dignity that humans have taken away from them, offering them all the care, space and security they need, and also all the love they deserve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do, for so much time dedicated to these beautiful beings, and for the commitment you make every day to their welfare, and especially for taking such good care of my beloved Mara who has left the deepest mark in my heart.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Es admirable el trabajo q realiza el Santuario , brindando tanto amor y cuidado a las elefantes q viven alli, todos los elefantes tiene q ir al Santuario y vivir felices despues de toda una vida de cautiverio y maltrato, !!!! espero con mucha emocion q los traslados de Argentina se realicen lo antes posible, agradezco tambien como nos mantiene informados de lo q pasa cada dia .Sigan adelante, son maravillosos, como maravilloso es el trabajo q hacen con respeto y mucho amor hacia las elefantes !!!

5 Silvana Andrea S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mi empatía con la naturaleza y sus criaturas me han llevado a informarme y comprometerme con aquellas Organizaciones sin Fines de Lucro que abarcan responsable y profesionalmente la problemática de los animales en cautiverio, su explotación comercial y cómo ayudarlos a salir de esa situación. Así, conocí a Global Sanctuary for Elephants y luego a Santuario de Elefantes Brasil. Inmediatamente pude conectar con la gran labor que desempeñan día a día por el bienestar de cada animal rescatado. Puedo ver y sentir la pasión, la seriedad, el compromiso responsable, profesional y amoroso que dedican a los Elefantes, en sus paradisíacas instalaciones de miles de hectáreas verdes con infraestructuras capaces de abarcar la necesidad de atención que cada animal conlleva. Agradezco el compromiso por ustedes asumido. Una obra de amor por la vida y compasión por esos gigantes gentiles e inteligentes que han tenido pasados de frustración, abuso y maltrato. Gracias Scott y Kat por tenernos constantemente al tanto de la evolución de esas almas que vuelven a nacer cuando pisan el Santuario. Colaboremos con causas como ésta !! Adelante !!!

4 Kathy B.15

Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary has done so much for these majestic animals. In addition, they’ve enriched my life to an extraordinary degree. During the pandemic, viewing their stories, videos and post about these lovely ladies brought me much happiness and hope. I honestly love these elephants and all the people who take such wonderful care of them.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

GSE has been a rewarding part of my life since their earlier days of construction and applying for permits to bring their first residents to sanctuary. Ramba’s story drew me in first, then Guida and Maia cemented my love and appreciation for the amazing team of caregivers at GSE in Brazil. We are poised as a family of donors and contributors to bring many more eles to sanctuary, including a mother and daughter who’ve lived their lives in a pit enclosure, a male elephant, and African eles, too. Sanctuary is growing but it does not achieve that goal without dedicated staff and committed contributors. The communications, videos, posts, and emails keep our entire contributing family in the loop, very much connected to the elephants and the people of GSE. Join us for the joy of seeing once traumatized sentient creatures recover their freedoms, their sense of agency, and their well being… Global Sanctuary for Elephants has earned the trust, support, and respect of a growing community of supporters.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GSE has founded in Brazil, the only Elephant Sanctuary in South America. It is also the only sanctuary in South America accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. They are rescuing and rehabilitating captive elephants after decades of living in circuses and zoos, in Argentina and Brazil.
GSE gives them the opportunity to live free and in the company of other elephants in a natural paradise, healing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Scott and Kat Blais have decades of rescue experience. Their followers observe the love and respect they bring to the elephants.
GSE publishes daily information about each of the residents.
Transparency, respect and professionalism are what characterize the GSE.
I support and will always be grateful to the GSE!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is truly amazing. The love and care shown to all the residents is beyond compare. Once the elephants arrive here, they know they are in a safe space and begin to thrive. Short of living in the wild, there is no better place for elephants to be! Cannot recommend Global Sanctuary highly enough

3

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been supporting Global Sanctuary for Elephants for several years and am always impressed by their transparency and respect for donors, volunteers and other supporters.

3 4theloveofMohan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GSE are the real deal of sanctuaries. They live it they work it and everything they do is for the elephants. They put your donated money where the elephants need it most. They respect nature, respect people and respect rescue. They forge alliances through knowledge and respect to create a safe home for all the elephants in their care. Also the years of experience working with elephants clearly shows in the fluidity of their rescues and how well all the elephants settle into sanctuary life.

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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 Marie G.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity gives captured elephants the chance to live the rest of their lives in a place of safety where they can heal and flourish. All the staff work tirelessly and yet make time to keep us up to date with information on how the elephants are in the sanctuary, elephant facts and any fundraising needed. We feel part of the family!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

While I have followed sanctuaries for animals all over the world, as well as participating in regional rescues, I have never come across any establishment quite like the magical, charming, engaging & educational Global Sanctuary For Elephants in Brazil.
What Scott & Kat Blasis have created through their tireless dedication is a tranquil place of healing for these gentle giants, who have endured so many decades of cruelty.
Watching Lady, Bambi, Rana, Mara & Maia rediscover what it is like to be a true elephant, to explore natures' beauty is a wonder to behold. Seeing their traumatized souls become happy once again, as indicated through their joyous trumpeting, loud squeaks & gentle rumbles lets us all know they have found true peace as they embrace their senior years.
Knowing these elephants are older, that their longevity may be short, demonstrates the epitome of love & generosity of spirit because the faithful caregivers engage these challenges knowing full well the heartbreak that will eventually result. In doing so these remarkable founders, employees & volunteers risk many emotions because they realize the tears they may one day shed are not a sign of weakness, merely an indication of total love & commitment to this most worthy cause.
Yet still they continue changing the world, one elephant at a time, demonstrating the best that humanity has to offer.
I highly recommend following & donating to The Global Sanctuary For Elephants in Brazil for all they do to make the world a truly better place, as well as allowing all of us the opportunity to share this amazing journey on these life changing paths of healing through the informative, sensitive & eloquently stated postings which they generously share each day.

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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.

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!

1

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.

1

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.

3

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.

3

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.

3

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.

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.

4 kmck50

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.

4 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.

4

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.

3

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.

5

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.

3

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.

2 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.

3 Carole G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3

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.

4 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".